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Ireland – Attempts to open casino in Dublin shopping mall fall short

By - 8 February 2021

A project that would see a casino open in the Ilac Shopping Centre in Dublin via a partnership between Hammerson, a UK property group, and Irish Life, an insurance group, has been kicked out by the national planning appeals board.

The bid to build a two storey casinos at the shopping centre, which is co-owned by the two companies, was initially rejected in September by the Dublin City Council who said: “There are serious concerns that permitting a casino at this location would be setting a precedent for such a non-retail use within Category 1-designated streets, the primary shopping streets in the city centre.”

Hammerson and Irish Life appealed the Council’s decision to the national planning appeals board who ruled: “It is as likely in my opinion to be problematic for Coles Lane as it is to be a benefit, either in daytime or in the evening. I do not consider that a case has been made to change the use from either retail or restaurant use as previously permitted.”

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