Creative hub the Tara Building claim they’re going nowhere following rumours the building is to be demolished to make way for a hotel.
The rumours follow hot on the heels of news the Bernard Shaw would be relocating – the latest in a long line of creative spaces such as the Tivoli and Hangar to close to make way for hotels.
The distinctive co-working premises, which was painted by street artist Maser, addressed the rumours in a series of tweets yesterday.
They said: “Rumours are flying that our lovely creative home is to be turned into yet another hotel.
“We are just as sick of the continued erasure of cultural space in Dublin as you are. But don’t cry for us just yet.
“The facts so far: Planning permission has been granted to demolish a stretch of buildings on Tara Street.
“As part of the redevelopment there is intention to rebuild (but not erase) The Tara Building.
“We have been made aware that a number of pieces have to fall into place before this redevelopment can happen. This could take a very long time.
“In the meantime, we expect the current iteration of The Tara Building to remain open and running for years to come.”
On Monday night, Dublin City Councillors voted to limit the number of hotels being built in the capital in an attempt to “urgently protect and promote nightlife and creative culture in Dublin”.
All councillors present at the meeting spoke in favour of the change in spite of warnings from city planner John O’Hara that changing the city’s development plan in such a way would leave the council open to legal challenge.
Head of Planning Richard Shakespeare said it was a management function to change the development plan and they did not intend to do so.
In spite of these warnings, councillors passed the motion anyway.