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January 21, 2009

Action to demolish €83m development adjourned

A legal action by developer Seán Dunne, aimed at having an €83 million rival development on Dublin’s north quays torn down on grounds it is unauthorised, has been adjourned pending the outcome of Mr Dunne’s separate appeal against a decision granting retention permission for the development. Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan was told yesterday that Dublin City Council had granted retention permission for the development by Liam Carroll’s North Quay Investments Ltd (NQI) on January 2nd last and Mr Dunne has appealed that decision to An Bord Pleanála. Pending the outcome of that appeal, Garrett Simons SC, for Mr Dunne, secured an adjournment to July of his side’s other legal proceedings under section 160 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 in which they want an order tearing down the development. The section 160 proceedings arise after the judge’s decision last October that the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) acted unlawfully in how it granted “fast-track” permission for the NQI development on the former Brooks Thomas site at North Wall quay.

The Irish Times

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