It has been revealed that Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) has rejected a proposal from US entertainment giant Hasbro to bring an animation studio to Dun Laoghaire.
The US company submitted a joint expression of interest for the vacant Stena Line terminal with Irish animation studio Boulder Media, which it purchased in 2016.
The building has been lying idle since 2015.
The terminal was originally planned to be a hub for high-tech start-up companies but the investors behind the project pulled out last year.
According to the tender document submitted, the project would see “a truly unique studio and academic facility with stand-out identity and world-wide appeal. Hollywood production would truly be happening in the centre of Dun Laoghaire – with regularity”.
Hasbro say that the studio could employ up to 650 people in crew and management roles.
“We are disgusted that this proposal has been rejected out of hand by the council,” says People Before Profit councillor, Melisa Halpin.
“No proposal for the harbour should be either rejected or accepted by the council before proper scrutiny by the elected members and the public.”
Cllr Michael Merrigan (IND) says that the decision is “baffling” but “councillors effectively shut themselves out of such matters” by supporting a motion calling for a report to be made by the Executive and presented to the council later this year. Merrigan says he voted against the motion.
DLRCC will not respond on the decision as the offer for tender on the site is an ongoing process.