Limerick pub owner to stop using lands as car park

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THE proprietor of the Unicorn Bar in Dooradoyle has given a court undertaking not to use lands adjacent to the pub as a car park.

THE proprietor of the Unicorn Bar in Dooradoyle has given a court undertaking not to use lands adjacent to the pub as a car park.

Limerick County Council has initiated legal proceedings against Anne Greene for allegedly failing to comply with an enforcement notice, which was served on her last year.

The enforcement order, which relates to an area of land earmarked for the development of a budget hotel, was issued by the local authority before Christmas.

It required Ms Greene to stop using the site - where two houses were previously demolished - as a car park, because she did not have planning permission,

At Limerick Court, solicitor Will Leahy, representing Limerick County Council, said the lands were being used as an overflow car-park.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly said he had concerns about the council’s stance in the matter and he asked why “bona fide customers” should not be entitled to park there?

“Where are they supposed to park, would you prefer they park on the road and block it?” he asked.

In response, Mr Leahy said neither Ms Greene nor the Unicorn had permission to operate the overflow car park.

He added that there were “other interests” which the local authority had to consider.

Judge O’Kelly was told that Ms Greene had given an undertaking to the local authority not to use the lands as a car park and he agreed to adjourn the case until April 5, next.

The development of the €4m hotel has attracted a number of objections from local residents.

However, last September, An Bord Pleanala upheld the original decision of Limerick County Council to grant planning permission.

Around 20 people will be employed at the hotel when it opens.