By Shamim de Brún
Dublin City Council has refused Marron Estates LTD permission to alter The Cobblestone.
Marron Estates Ltd was seeking to build a 114-bedroom hotel on the site at King Street in Dublin 7.
After close to 700 objections were filed against the proposal Dublin City Council announced today it has refused the planning permission sought for the Dublin 7 site.
Popular Instagram account DublinbyPub was the first to break the news.
Those who objected to the scheme included Steve Wall, a founding member of The Stunning and The Walls.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, People Before Profit/Solidarity TD Richard Boyd Barrett and Green MEP Ciaran Cuffe also registered their objections to the proposal
The scale of the opposition made the Cobblestone plan the most contentious Irish planning application in recent times. A State heritage watchdog intervened earlier this month saying that it was not in favour of the development.
The Cobblestone is an institution in traditional Irish music and culture. The public outcry against the proposal was deafening. The public took to the streets in support of the Cobblestone. This time it worked.
There has been growing concern about the destruction of Irish cultural institutions recently. With 40 hotels set to open in Dublin city locals have feared the capital is “losing its cultural identity.” This is a big win for the Irish people.