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Wetherspoon's announces its Dublin city hotel will open in early 2019

Planning for the development was granted in April.

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PUB CHAIN JD Wetherspoon has announced it will open its Camden Street hotel in early 2019.

The €15 million investment will see 200 jobs created at the 98-room hotel.

The company is set to start development work in February 2018, with the pub and hotel set to open early 2019.

In the company’s first move into central Dublin it has bought the Camden Hall Hostel site on the street – one of the city’s busiest nightlife areas.

Planning for the development was granted in April.

Dublin City Council had ruled that a 244 sq metre ‘dining area’ and courtyard with tables and chairs be omitted from the plan. However, this has been overturned on appeal.

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said: “ We are looking forward to developing the site into a fantastic pub and hotel.

“It will be the biggest single investment undertaken by Wetherspoon and will result in our largest hotel alongside a superb pub.

“Our pubs in the Republic of Ireland are thriving and we are confident that the pub and hotel will be a great asset to Dublin and act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in the city.”

Residents of the area, however, are against the move.

One complainant who owns buildings and lives on the street, said that the proposed development was excessive:

“The location of a super pub within a compact urban residential community is not acceptable,” said Colm Doyle, a conservation architect speaking on behalf of resident Peter O’Reilly.

“The noise, nuisance, refuse and rubbish associated with a super pub of this size are not suited to the site.”

Doyle also stated that Camden Street was a designated market street, and so a mixture of retail, cafés and bars should be considered for the area.

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