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Delighted Hundreds object to Cobblestone pub plan as deadline for submissions passes

It has been revealed that 500 observations were submitted to Dublin City Council’s planning department, with all rejecting the development

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The Cobblestone Pub in Smithfield

The Cobblestone Pub in Smithfield

The Cobblestone Pub in Smithfield

Planners will have to “sit up and take notice” after plans to develop a hotel on the site of the iconic Cobblestone Pub in Smithfield attracted hundreds of objections, a local Dublin councillor has said.

With the deadline for observations on the proposed development having now passed, it has been revealed that more than 500 observations were submitted to Dublin City Council’s planning department, with all rejecting the development, according to Cllr Nial Ring.

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People gather last weekend at Smithfield in Dublin to protest against the city council over plans to build a hotel on the site of Cobblestone pub

People gather last weekend at Smithfield in Dublin to protest against the city council over plans to build a hotel on the site of Cobblestone pub

People gather last weekend at Smithfield in Dublin to protest against the city council over plans to build a hotel on the site of Cobblestone pub

“This complements the online petition to save the Cobblestone which so far has attracted nearly 35,000 signatures,” Cllr Ring said.

“The fact that the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage also put in a strong objection, concluding with the words, ‘the Department does not favour this proposal’, is most significant.”

Last week, trad musicians played in procession as hundreds of people marched through Dublin in the second such protest to take place in the last few weeks against the controversial plans.

Cllr Ring, who also put in an objection, said that he was delighted with the level of public support to save the pub.

"The numbers don't lie and the planners will have to sit up and take notice of the 100 per cent rejection of this plan by so many ordinary people, citizens,” he added.

Cllr Ring pointed out that observations and objections had come from all over the world, including America, Canada, Australia, Germany and Mexico.

“Of course, the vast majority came from Ireland and the common theme in all the submissions was the absolute rejection of any plan to interfere with the Cobblestone pub,” Cllr Ring added.

“This is a pub that through the work of Thomas Mulligan and his family, has, for over 30 years, nurtured, encouraged and supported Irish music, culture, history and our language.”

In their own objections, Mr Mulligan and his wife Pauline argued how the pub had become a fundamental part of the culture of the city.

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“The Cobblestone is not only a pub,” Mr Mulligan wrote. “Thanks to my direction, my management, my family and family ethos, it is a kernel of culture in its most natural form.

“The Cobblestone Pub is known to the creative community around the world.

“The proposal to build a hulking concrete, steel and sanitised hotel facility to smother and extinguish one of the few bastions of civility in Dublin Town is extraordinarily insensitive."

Pauline Quinn added: “Much has been written about the cultural significance of The Cobblestone over the last month. I cannot add to that, except to say that Cobblestone is not a brand.

“It is the name Tom Mulligan gave the pub. It has been 30 years in the nurturing.

"To see what he has created and taken away without consultation, discussion or input from him is a travesty.”

Cllr Ring said that it is now up to the city planners “to take account of the submissions and do as our development plan says and protect and support Dublin City's existing cultural assets".

“As I pointed out in my submission, this application flies in the face of these visions for the protection and enhancement of the culture, history and heritage of our great city."

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