Portobello Plaza Blocked Off T...


Portobello Plaza Blocked Off To Public Again


08:20 17 Dec 2021

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Portobello Plaza has been blocked off again.

It was fenced off by the city council for several weekends earlier this year over anti-social behaviour and thousands of people gathering in the area.

Now new hoarding has gone up.

Peter Dooley from the Dublin Renters Union says it's been sealed off to allow construction on a hotel;

"In the last number of days there's been an agreement with Jury's Inn, who are the owners of the new hotel that's going to be built behind here, have occupied up to 80 per cent of this public space now for the next two years."

Dublin City Council says work on the hotel is due to begin after Christmas, lasting 18 months to 2 years.

In a statement it says; "there has been regular contact with local residents and local Councillors and elected representatives, and all parties were aware that a section of the square would be licensed to the developer during the build."

It went on to say a public consultation on redesigning the space is to take place;

"Over the past number of years local residents and Councillors have sought improvements and changes to this civic space and this has only been further highlighted by recent and ongoing antisocial behaviour during the summer."

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