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Project to redevelop Rí-Rá and The Globe 'harms cultural fabric'

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More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to protect hotel

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to protect hotel

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to protect hotel

City councillors have blasted plans for a new hotel in the capital, with Labour's Darragh Moriarty saying Dublin's "cultural fabric is being eroded".

Mr Moriarty joined council colleagues in lodging an objection against the expansion of the Central Hotel on South Great George's Street and Dame Court.

He said the proposal should be rejected because of the over-concentration of hotels in the city centre.

As part of the application by Exchequer Developments, part of The Globe bar will become a retail outlet while popular nightclub Rí-Rá will also be redeveloped.

Last month, partners in the venture, BCP Capital, said the scheme would result in a significant increase in bar and restaurant space.

A BCP spokesman said the Rí-Rá nightclub space would remain as a bar/nightclub "and the much-cherished Library Bar will also remain a core part of the hotel and its identity".

Petition

However, the comments have done little to reassure those concerned about the impact the development will have on the popular venues.

Labour senator Ivana Bacik told the council that a petition opposing the development has collected more than 1,000 signatures in a week.

Ms Bacik said Rí-Rá, the Globe and the Library Bar have become "iconic institutions" in Dublin.

She said they should not be replaced with "yet another sterile, soulless hotel for tourists".

"If we keep chipping away at the soul of the city, there will be nothing left worth visiting," she added.

In a separate objection, Green Party councillor Claire Byrne said: "We have already witnessed an excessive erosion of our club culture in the city in particular over the past few years, mostly to make way for hotels and student accommodation.

"We're running out of places to dance."

A decision is due on the application at the end of the month.