Belfast Telegraph

Demolition of Dublin distillery causes anger

By Laura Lynott

The demolition of a 19th century distillery structure in Dublin has stoked anger among heritage campaigners.

The Irish Distillers Building, converted in the 1970s and located beside the Jameson Distillery, was demolished as part of the distillers' building development plan.

Property firm Linders of Smithfield was granted planning permission by Dublin City Council in 2016 but had to keep the limestone facade. Office space will be developed within the 20,000 square metre two-storey development.

Approval was given by Dublin City Council to demolish the building "except for the eastern wall". However the developer, upon demolition, discovered a structural issue which mean the eastern wall would also need taken down for health and safety reasons said Dublin City Council.

Heritage group An Taisce said the move was a "clear breach of planning permission which provided for maintenance of a 19th century stone wall".

Belfast Telegraph