LIMERICK County Council has cleared the way for a two-storey extension to a Dooradoyle nursing home.
On behalf of St Paul’s Nursing Home, Blockstar sought planning permission to extend its premises, where is currently cares for 50 elderly and infirm people.
In 2010, the nursing home came close to closure when it emerged the previous owners, the Bon Secours Nuns were unable to finance a major upgrade required by the Health Information and Equality Authority.
But some 72 nursing jobs were saved when the Kilmallock-based Maria Goretti Nursing Home agreed to purchase the facility.
Local Fine Gael councillor Richard Butler welcomed the decision to grant permission.
He said: “It is badly needed, and great to see someone spending money on that site. It is a valuable amenity in the area. It will create permanent jobs in the long term, and a few building jobs in the short term.”
The former Cathaoirleach - who brokered talks between meetings between the Bon Secours Nuns and the Maria Goretti Nursing Home, which bought the facility.
One objection was received to the proposals, with a local resident expressing concern at an “overintensification” of site development.
But Limerick County Council gave the development the go-ahead, subject to four conditions.
These include that the developer pays €137,832 to County Hall, and the extension finishes will consist of plaster.