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Firm in second bid for giant hotel near Dublin Airport

By John Mulligan

Fresh plans for a multi-million euro 421-bedroom hotel have been submitted for a site near Dublin Airport.

It's the second time the company that owns the site at Clonshaugh has tried to secure permission for the project.

Carra Shore (Dublin) secured planning permission from Fingal County Council for a 427-bedroom hotel on the site last April.

It would have been one of the largest hotels in the country.

But in October the Republic's planning authority An Bord Pleanala blocked the development.

It upheld the appeals of several local residents, who had claimed that the proposal would have a negative impact on existing residential amenities in the area and would result in a loss of privacy.

The planned 10-storey building consisted of 317 bedrooms and 110 suites and included leisure facilities, meeting and conference rooms.

The company behind the efforts to build the hotel is owned by Jalaluddin Kajani and other family members. They also own upmarket boutique hotels in London and another hotel in Ireland.

Mr Kajani moved to Ireland from Pakistan in 1980.

The site is close to the junction of the M50 and the M1 motorway. Carra Shore told the planning watchdog this year that "there is a shortage of hotel rooms in Dublin and the proposed co-located hotel rooms would add a significant quantum (of rooms)".

But An Bord Pleanala said that the site is in a high technology zone, where hotels are not permitted.

The board also said the hotel would be located in an isolated area that does not benefit from high capacity public transport links.

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