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28th February, 2016
Phibsboro Shopping centre as it stands

One of the first jobs that crossed George Redmond’s desk at Dublin Corporation in 1965 was the first planning application for a shopping centre in Ireland, in Phibsboro.

The centre became the subject of a planning appeal and was eventually approved by order of Minister for Local Government Neil Blaney. It was divisive then, and remains divisive today.

The issue then was whether shopping centres would displace the small grocery trade. The issue today...

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