Decision by Dublin City Council to block two proposed hotels sparks tourism chiefs’ anger

Representatives argue that move to avoid ‘overconcentration’ of hotels will impact supply and affordability

City ID has been refused permission for a 105-bedroom hotel on a derelict site on Capel Street. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Dublin City Council has blocked two new hotels in the city centre, warning there is an “overconcentration” that is damaging the “vitality of the inner city”.

It is first time the council has used a new clause in the city development plan to prevent further tourist accommodation, causing anger in the tourism sector.

Tourism representatives have complained that the decision will exacerbate the acute supply and affordability issues in the hotel sector and that, as ...