“It’s frustrating to be beside another building that is taking the look off the street,” says Ronan Lynch from the Swan Bar.
“One particular facet of living in Dublin city centre that I’ve always found hard to stomach is the persistence of abandoned buildings, which could benefit their surrounding areas.”
“I am dealing with serious cases, people screaming and crying for houses,” says People Before Profit Councillor Hazel de Nortúin.
Council housing services? More space for Citizens Info? It’s wasted right now, say locals and councillors.
It has funding and plans in place for an old bank on North Circular Road and a former antiques showroom on Capel Street.
One possibility is that short-term lets are behind a big slice of these.
If it can’t come to an agreement with the owner to buy the property the council will pursue a compulsory purchase order, a council spokesperson said.
The 18th-century mansion in the north inner-city has been vacant for more than two decades.
These were some of the issues that Dublin city councillors discussed at their March monthly meeting on Monday.
A local group had been pushing the council to get into the building, to make sure it was being cared for – fearing something like this might happen.