Planning

Eric Kinsella’s Esprit blocked from building 300-room hotel near Merrion Square

Dublin City Council refused the planning application, saying that the size of the premises would not contribute positively to the local area’s ‘character’

The proposed site of the new 300-bedroom hotel behind the building on 34 Mount Street Upper, which is on the corner and would be retained. Source: Esprit Investments

Esprit Investments, owned by Jones Engineering founder Eric Kinsella, has been blocked in its attempt to build one of the biggest hotels in central Dublin.

Late last year, Kinsella’s investment firm applied for permission to build a 300-bedroom, seven-storey hotel on a site between Merrion Square and the Grand Canal.

The project involved the demolition of some existing buildings and renovation of protected structures on Mount Street Upper and James's Place beside the Pepper Canister ...