Poll: Were planners right to approve Johnny Ronan's Tara Street tower?

Some say it will attract further investment to inner Dublin. Others think it will ‘damage’ the city.

By Conor McMahon Deputy editor, Fora

HIGH-PROFILE, BOOM-ERA DEVELOPER Johnny Ronan was granted permission to build a 22-storey tower on Dublin’s Tara Street after facing a series of knockbacks.

The decision by An Bord Pleanála has generated a mixed reaction. Conservation charity An Taisce, which strongly opposed the project, said the building will “irrevocably damage the city’s irreplaceable character”.

Dublin Chamber, on the other hand, suggested it will serve as a catalyst for further development in the inner city.

Ronan, who has secured deals to develop new offices for Facebook and Salesforce, envisages the tower will provide over 16,550 sq ft of office and hotel development and will be able to cater for up to 890 office workers, a 106-room hotel and a top-level restaurant.

With that in mind, we’re asking Fora readers this week: Were planners right to approve Johnny Ronan’s Tara Street tower?