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Planning permission for Cobblestone hotel should be refused – Varadkar

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has stated that planning permission for a hotel at the Cobblestone pub should be refused.

The plans, which have had more than 400 objections lodged against it, would keep parts of the traditional, however, most of the pub space would be removed.

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The plans have been met with strong opposition from politicians who have described the proposals as “cultural vandalism” with a number of protests also being organised against the development.

Although Varadkar is against the proposal, he doesn’t believe that Dublin is losing its cultural soul while saying that cities evolve and that there’s lots of good things happening in the capital.

That being said, he described the development at the Cobblestone pub as not being one of those good things.

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He told Newstalk Breakfast, “Certainly my view in terms of what’s being proposed there… with the hotel essentially enveloping the Cobblestone… I think Dublin City Council should refuse that application.”

He added, “The question you have to ask yourself is in a world that’s becoming increasingly homogenised… why do people come to Dublin? They come to see what’s unique and distinctive.”

Varadkar said that he does think Dublin City Council will refuse permission, suggesting that they are not in line with the city development plan.

IMAGE – “An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar” (CC BY 2.0) by LLysaght

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