An eight-storey hotel in the Liberties has been given planning permission by An Bord Pleanala.

The 185-bedroom hotel is set to be developed by Harry Crosbie on the site of popular concert venue Vicar Street on Thomas Street.

Locals have staged a number of protests at the proposed site since February, with plans hanging in quasi-doubt after an objection was lodged to the plans.

However, An Bord Pleanala have notified developer Crosbie that these objections had been overruled, with work to commence on the hotel shortly.

Local TD Bríd Smith and councillor Tina MacVeigh (PBP) lodged an objection to the application earlier this year following widespread outrage from local residents to the proposed development.

Many residents in The Liberties have condemned the addition of yet another hotel to Dublin 8, which has seen several hotels been given planning permission in recent times.

Responding to the granting of the planning permission, Bríd Smith TD said: “This is typical irresponsible planning by the authorities. The last thing Dublin 8 needs is another hotel. Dublin 8 has been saturated with hotel, apart-hotel and luxury student accommodation.

“What the area needs is sustainable community housing and green spaces. And in the midst of a housing crisis there has been no public housing development in the Liberties/ Dublin 8 area. 

“The Liberties, the last piece of “old Dublin” is about to be ruined. Harry Crosbie’s Rock’n’Room Hotel will set the standard in both height and acceptability for this area for decades to come.”

The Liberties area of the city has the least amount of green space in the whole of Dublin. Local people have said they will continue to fight for their community needs and will not be pushed around by planners who put the needs of business before the community.

Councillor Tina MacVeigh slammed the decision to approve permission for the hotel. She said: “The Liberties and the Dublin 8 area are being corporatised at the expense of one of the oldest communities in the city.

“Developers and big businesses are being given free rein to take a wrecking ball to our inner-city neighbourhood while communities are left to fight tooth and nail for the basic amenities that makes our inner city vibrant, diverse, inclusive and sustainable.

“I am horrified at this planning decision which sets a disastrous precedent for our city. When will this end? Residents are outraged.

“Instead of swathes of hotels and not-fit-for- purpose student accommodation, people in Dublin 8 want homes, amenities and schools.”