The idea of Dublin’s cultural and creative scene being under threat is truly a worrying one. Today in the heart of the city centre, we look up and see dozens of cranes and scaffolding, grey buildings and hotels on every street and corner. But what makes Dublin different from any other city? From the pop up street art from Maser & Subset contemporary artists, to our quirky bars, nightclubs & creative spaces, these individualistic areas is what makes us stand out from other European cities.
According to Failte Ireland, Dublin is falling short of more than 1,000 hotels in order to accommodate for the increase in tourism & visitors. In contrast, Councillors recently voted to initiate a change to the city development plan to limit the construction and build of hotels in Dublin City Centre. It’s said by these Councillors that Dublin is in a “culture crisis” and it’s urgent to “protect and promote nightlife and creative culture in Dublin”. Green Party councillor Patrick Costello said the proposal to limit the construction and build of hotels was in effort to “restore balance” to the city development plan. “If all we are building in the city is hotels and aparthotels that is not serving the city or valuing creativity in the city. That is the reason people come here, they don’t come for hotels.”
This comes after one of the capitals favourite music & art venues The Bernard Shaw announced its closure at the end of October. This sparked outrage among the public, with many exclaiming how impactful this is on the social scene in Dublin. This venue was rough around the edges, but this rustic charm is what made the spot stand out from any other venue in Dublin – also home to The Eatyard outdoor food court, housing many live music events, oozing with creative people and birthing the music festival regular The Big Blue Bus pizzeria.
The Bernard Shaw was under threat from earlier this year, with An Bord Pleanala refusing permission to let the pub continue operating its iconic outdoor beer garden & dining area. It was also noted that residents of the area in Portobello lodged objections due to noise in the area. In the An Bord Pleanala inspectors report they said that The Bernard Shaw is “clearly a vibrant enterprise with its own unique character within an area notable for the extent of dereliction”. In the past, the venue was criticised by Dublin City councillor Mannix Flynn’s who told The Journal: “A bunch of cool hipsters can think it’s an amazing place. But the level of anti-social behaviour that goes on is incredible, and the noise is appalling”. But results from the An Bord Pleanala report were negative and they decided to shut the venue. It’s now announced the venue will relocate to The Whitworth Porterhouse, Phibsborough Dublin 7.
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[Source; https://www.irishtimes.com/news/consumer/dublin-needs-more-hotels-says-f%C3%A1ilte-ireland-after-vote-to-curb-1.4029103 ]