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WATCH: Protest in Dublin over planned developments at Cobblestone pub and Merchant’s Arch

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Dublin today to protest against proposed developments at the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield and Merchant’s Arch in Temple Bar.

The first development is a boutique hotel that is planned for construction at the Merchant’s Arch laneway while the second development will see a nine-storey hotel beside the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield.

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Protesters initially gathered in Smithfield Square this afternoon before making their way along the quays to Merchant’s Arch.

The protesters finished outside the offices of Dublin City Council where they delivered a coffin with the words ‘RIP Dublin’ displayed on it.

Both developments have been met with extreme opposition, with a petition against the proposal to build a hotel beside the Cobblestone pub receiving over 25,000 signatures since Thursday.

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This development in Smithfield would see the demolition of a number of derelict buildings adjoining the pub.

The planning application has assured that the Cobblestone will be retained as it’s a protected structure.

Although the structure will be protected, there are fears that a music venue attached to the pub as well as a smoking area will be demolished.

In regards to the development at Merchant’s Arch, it will involve the demolition of a number of retail units in the Temple Bar laneway.

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