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Ireland's first skyscraper faces bulldozer as new plans approved

Gilroy McMahon Architects has won planning permission to knock down Ireland’s first skyscraper – Liberty Hall in the capital – and replace it with a new 22-storey scheme

The Dublin-based studio’s plans for trade union SIPTU would see the iconic 17-storey Desmond Ri O’Kelly-designed 1965 tower demolished to make way for new offices, public realm and a theatre.

Half the space will be used by SIPTU and the remaining leased while the 100-metre tower’s top four storeys will feature a heritage museum and viewing platform.

The city centre Liberty Hall site – located on the bank of the River Liffey – was used as a munitions factory during the Easter Rising and a rallying point for a march on the General Post Office.

Dublin City Council approved the scheme last month however the project could still be challenged under the country’s independent third party planning appeals system.

Liberty Hall in Dublin. Image by O'Dea

Source: Image by O’Dea

Liberty Hall in Dublin. Image by O’Dea

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