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The seating area would have looked out on to O’Connell Bridge

The seating area would have looked out on to O’Connell Bridge

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

The seating area would have looked out on to O’Connell Bridge

A popular pub in Dublin city centre has been blocked from having an outdoor seating area because of the danger it posed to people using a Luas stop.

The Pillar Bar on Westmoreland Street has unsuccessfully appealed a decision of Dublin City Council to refuse it a licence for an outdoor seating area for the pub, which is located next to the National Wax Museum.

The owners of the bar had sought a licence to place tables and chairs on the public footpath on the corner of Westmoreland Street and D'Olier Street, which would look out on O'Connell Bridge.

Pedestrians

The Pillar Bar said it has chosen that area for the proposed outdoor seating area as it had previously been refused a licence for street furniture outside its Westmoreland Street entrance.

It claimed the principle flow of pedestrians was between Westmoreland Street and O'Connell Street rather than D'Olier Street.

However, An Bord Pleanala said the proposal to place street furniture in close proximity to the Luas stop at Westmoreland would reduce the width of the footpath at the location.

It would also represent a barrier and obstacle to the pedestrians in the area using bus stops, Luas stops and Dart stations.

The board said the seating area would also represent a "visual intrusion" in an architectural conservation area and would adversely affect the character of a listed building.

An inspector with An Bord Pleanala said that there was heavy pedestrian traffic in the area.

Gardai had also objected to the plans for the bar's outdoor seating area because of the risk posed by patrons congregating and spilling out on to the Luas tracks, which would be just 5m away.

The Pillar Bar is located in the building which once housed the Manchester United store in Dublin.