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Planning permission sought to demolish Liberty Hall

SIPTU wants to demolish Ireland’s first skyscraper and replace it with an even higher building.

SIPTU HAS APPLIED for planning permission to demolish the existing Liberty Hall and replace it with an even taller building.

The trade union wants to upgrade its offices and establish a performance arts centre in the space on Eden Quay in Dublin.

Currently, the 17-storey office building stands 60 metres high but the new proposals, if allowed to go ahead, will see a 100 metre complex built.

The first 17 floors would accommodate offices, SIPTU said in its planning application, but the top four floors would house a public heritage centre and a Skydeck viewing facility and café.

SIPTU had previously submitted a plan to Dublin City Council about revamping Liberty Hall but subsequently pulled it to figure out design kinks.

Although the application looks impressive and discusses a slimmer building, better use of space, landscaped terraces and winter gardens, there have been objections to demolishing the original building.

One group who has set up a Facebook page to save the building calls it an “icon of Sixties architecture” and a symbol of Dublin’s first boom era.

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