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Major expansion at Dublin retail centre approved

Words: Roger Milne

The country’s first Olympic-sized ice rink, which would form part of a massive extension to the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, in Dublin, has been given the go-ahead.

South Dublin County Council has approved permission for a 2,500-seater stadium along with space for around 60 extra retail stores and a large urban plaza under a 20-metre glazed canopy.

But it has rejected proposals for a multi-storey car park for 1,800 vehicles.

It is also requiring a €5 million payment to allow for changes to the local road infrastructure.

There is significant local concern about the impact of the development on traffic in the Clondalkin area, as well as on the N4 and M50.

Among 21 conditions attached to the permission, the council has requested a revised parking plan, which includes paid parking.

"The plan shall include initiatives to encourage the use of public transport, cycling, walking and car-pooling for both staff and customers in order to reduce the number of car journeys," it said.

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