With work on the multi-million-euro development of the former La Touche Hotel property having suddenly and mysteriously halted one month ago, the reasons behind all those expensive tools being downed has finally come to light.
And, as many people in the town suspected, it was all to do with just how much of that original Grand Hotel was being preserved.
Not enough, you’ll be very unsurprised to hear.
Repeated calls to get even a crooked answer out of the developers by the Guide and various councillors over the past four weeks all fell on deaf PR departments, with the usually chatty Laura Finn and Sean McGreevy suddenly going underground.
And no wonder, given the scale of the blunder. It’s only now, as work has been allowed to restart, that confirmation of a breach of planning permission was the cause for the site evacuation.
According to today’s ruling, for the five tall townhouses to be built as planned inside the original frame of The La Touche Hotel, the developers will have to reconstruct parts of that original structure – including the chimney stacks that were unceremoniously brought down in coke in the summer of last year.
It will mean an extra delay of four-to-six weeks before the building is finally finished, but, as one Trafalgar Road neighbour – a Mrs Aibreán Amadán – stated this morning, “Serves the fuckin’ eejits right.”
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