McDonald seeking to legally block Merchant’s Arch hotel

The campaigning columnist is seeking to lodge a judicial review against publican Tom Doone’s plans to demolish buildings at Temple Bar’s historic laneway

Frank McDonald at Merchant’s Arch, Temple Bar: preparing to file a judicial review against plans to build a new hotel beside the arch. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Frank McDonald, the heritage campaigner and Temple Bar resident, is preparing to lodge a judicial review that seeks to overturn permission granted to build a new hotel on the Merchant’s Arch laneway.

Last month, An Bord Pleanála approved plans lodged by Tom Doone, the publican, that involve the demolition of buildings along the same side of the laneway as his establishment, the Merchant’s Arch Pub.

The existing two-storey buildings on the laneway will be replaced ...