Developer Joe O’Reilly’s ambitious proposal for a €1.25 billion “Dublin Central” retail and residential scheme encompassing 5.5 acres of the north city centre has attracted considerable opposition. Dublin City Council received 21 objections to the scheme, which incorporates a “Park in the Sky” 50 metres above Henry Street and the redevelopment of the former Carlton cinema site on O’Connell Street. The list of objectors include Treasury Holdings, An Taisce, husband and wife Cllr Emer Costello and Joe Costello TD, the Irish Georgian Society, Dublin Transportation Office, Dublin Bus and the Save 16 Moore Street Committee. A few submissions, including one from some members of the Moore Street Traders Committee, express support for the scheme. Joe O’Reilly’s Chartered Land lodged a planning application in April for a shopping and restaurant quarter on the site which, as well as a shopping centre, would incorporate two new streets – one linking Henry Street to O’Connell Street and the other linking O’Connell Street to Moore Street. A small public square at the confluence of Moore Street, Henry Street and the GPO Arcade would lead to a new street that Arnotts is planning between the GPO Arcade and Middle Abbey Street.
The Irish Times