Donnybrook hotel may be scrapped for apartments

Kouchin Holdings wants to abandon its six-storey hotel plan in favour of an eight-storey, built-to-rent apartment block

Emmet O’Neill, founder and chairman of property group, Kouchin Holdings

Kouchin Holdings, the property group controlled by businessman Emmet O’Neill, is seeking to abandon its planned Donnybrook hotel, now favouring a taller apartment block on the site.

O’Neill, the former chief executive of petrol station chain Topaz and a nephew of telecoms tycoon Denis O’Brien, had previously secured permission to build a six-storey, 78-room hotel adjacent to Donnybrook fire station.

New plans have now been submitted by Kouchin Holdings that would abandon the hotel project ...