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New Dublin cultural quarter backed

Words: Roger Milne
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An Bord Pleanála has approved the long-awaited proposals for the redevelopment of Parnell Square as a new ‘cultural quarter’.

The scheme involves the relocation of the city’s main library, the creation of a public plaza, and the restoration of some of Dublin’s finest Georgian houses.

In addition to the library, the project will include a 200-seat conference centre, a music centre, education facilities, and a café and exhibition space.

On-street car parking will be removed from Parnell Square North, the roadway will be reduced in width and a new public plaza created in front of the library buildings and the existing Hugh Lane Gallery.

The council made its application to the planning agency last September, which attracted no objections.

The scheme is expected to have a price tag of about €110 million. The city council would stump up just under half this amount. The balance will be funded by philanthropic donations.

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