JD Wetherspoon get the go ahead for first Dublin city centre pub
JD Wetherspoon has been granted permission for a city centre bar, which it hopes will create up to 50 new jobs.
The pub and restaurant giant will be hiring between 45 and 50 staff for the new premises on Lower Abbey Street.
It has been granted planning permission by Dublin City Council to develop and refurbish a former church at 12b and 12c Lower Abbey Street into a gastropub.
The property was bought for €1.4m in 2015 after a bidding battle with Irish Life, which owns a neighbouring development.
The plans include outdoor seating areas, and a glazed link to connect the two buildings.
This will be the first foray by Wetherspoon into the city centre.
Concerns had been raised over its plans to open a 100-room hotel and pub on Camden Street earlier this year.
Wetherspoon has other premises in Dun Laoghaire, Blackrock, Swords, and Blanchardstown, as well as in Cork.
"Our pubs in Ireland have proven very popular and we are buoyed by their success," a Wetherspoon spokesman said.
"We don't see any issues with opening in the city centre."
He said Wetherspoon would not now commit to the 30 additional outlets in Ireland that had been hoped for a number of years ago.
"We are keen to open more pubs in the Republic of Ireland and will continue to search for sites, but won't commit to a number in five years," he said.
The company does not yet have a date for when the new pub will open.