Dublin City Council grants extension of storage lease for Victorian market

MB McNamara, a construction firm that is developing a Hilton hotel in Dublin 7, has been leasing the property for storage since June 2020

Janet Horner, Green party councillor for Dublin’s north inner city, said it was “incredibly frustrating” that the issuing of a private tender for the site’s redevelopment has been stalled. Picture: RollingNews.ie

Dublin City Council has extended the lease granted to a construction firm to use part of the historic Victorian fruit and vegetable market for storage of fixtures and fittings.

MB McNamara, a building contractor operating across Ireland and the UK, has been renting part of the property for almost a year and a half while it develops a nearby Hilton Hotel in Dublin 7.

The company has paid approximately €600 per week to store fixtures and fittings in the buildings since June 2020, as reported by this newspaper. Its initial lease was granted until March 2021 and then later extended until November 2021 due to the “continued effect of the pandemic” and in accordance with Construction Industry Federation recommendations to minimise the impact of construction space requirements on public space.