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Eyesore Councillor blasts plans to redevelop pub site where gang boss Eamonn ‘The Don’ Dunne was gunned down 

The pub, also known as Matt’s, closed down after the murder of the Don, who was the leader of one of Ireland’s most dangerous crime gangs in 2010

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The Fassaugh House pub site in Cabra

The Fassaugh House pub site in Cabra

The Fassaugh House pub site in Cabra

A local councillor has blasted plans to redevelop the Fassaugh House pub in Cabra, north Dublin where notorious gang boss Eamonn ‘The Don’ Dunne was gunned down 10 years ago. 

According to Cllr Cieran Perry, developers are in discussions with An Bord Pleanála in relation to a planning application for 137 Build to Rent apartments for the site.

The pub, also known as Matt’s, closed down after the murder of the Don, who was the leader of one of Ireland’s most dangerous crime gangs in 2010.

The pub has remained vacant for more than a decade since the Don was shot twice in the head and a number of times in the body as he sat beside his 16-year-old daughter in the pub on April 23.

Cllr Perry said in a Facebook post that Dublin City Council had been forced to spend money on maintaining what he referred to as the “Matt’s of Cabra” site on Fassaugh Avenue in Cabra.

“Having paid for many clean-ups of the site previously DCC were forced to install steel shuttering on the building last week as a safety measure to stop youths accessing the building,” he wrote.

“As local residents will be aware, this site has been an eyesore for over two years despite numerous requests by myself to the Isle of Man owners and their local representatives to maintain the site.

“It is scandalous that the owners are allowed to leave the site in such a dilapidated state on one of the main roads through Cabra, creating an extremely bad impression of our area for residents and visitors alike.”

Cllr Perry said he had the site entered on the Vacant Site Register and that a vacant site levy of over €360,000 is currently outstanding.

“The owners have had the audacity to appeal this fine to An Bord Pleanála, ”he added. “The Bord are due to give a decision in the coming days.

“To add further insult to our community, the developers are in discussions with An Bord Pleanála in relation to a planning application for 137 Build to Rent apartments for the site.

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“The Build to Rent apartments will attract transient tenants and deny local residents an opportunity to buy a home in the area.”

It was recently revealed that the pub was also sold through Lisney, who had been guiding €850,000. A detached two-storey building which extends to 8,611 sq ft, it is located on a 0.27-acre site in a retail parade with front and rear access.

A feasibility study indicated it had potential for more than 12 apartments over ground floor commercial units.

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