An Taisce have slammed the approval of a 22-storey building for Tara Street, saying that the tower will have ‘major repercussions’ for the city.

The building, upon completion, will become the tallest building in Ireland, towering 30 meters above Liberty Hall. It is set to be developed by the Ronan Group, owned by Johnny Ronan.

Approval was given for the high rise project by An Bord Pleanala last week, with construction expected to begin imminently.

An Taisce, who work to preserve and protect Ireland’s natural and built heritage, say that establishing a high rise tower on the quays is ‘gravely erroneous’.

In a statement, the organisation said: “The decision of An Bord Pleanála… is a catastrophic error which undoes decades of planning control in Dublin and will irrevocably damage the city’s irreplaceable character.

“The allowing of highrise towers in the centre of Dublin is gravely erroneous.

“The decision will have major repercussions for the status of Dublin; it is unlikely to now achieve the coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site status for ‘Historic City of Dublin’, which requires internationally-accepted standards for protection, conservation and management of the historic urban landscape.”

An Taisce’s comments contrast those made by business group Dublin Chamber, who support the development of taller buildings in the capital. The group last year provided a letter of support for the 22-storey project.

Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said: “This is a progressive decision for Dublin and one that will hopefully mark a step-change in Ireland’s attitude towards taller buildings.

“While all buildings over 8-storeys should be carefully considered for their impact on the city’s skyline, taller buildings can add to and become emblematic of the city, in the same way the Samuel Beckett Bridge has become a symbol of Dublin.”