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14th Dec 2018
Trinity College Dublin have been granted permission to let out its student halls to tourists during the summer, despite objections from residents.
Dublin city council approved an application to amend the original planning permission for Trinity Hall in Dartry to let the building to tourists outside of academic term times, which should provide a significant new revenue stream for Trinity.
The college also won permission to allow any third-level student to live in the premises, not just those studying at Trinity.
The council received more than a dozen objections from residents, who suggested the change would have a detrimental impact on a quiet residential area. There were also suggestions that the halls were already being used in the summer, in breach of the original planning permission.
Dublin city council said its approach to use of student accommodation on a year-round basis had changed since the original planning permission was granted in 1999.
A council official said: "The use of the accommodation all year round would be considered acceptable.
"The number of units is not proposed to be increased, and as such the number of occupants would not change."
Trinity Hall can accommodate over 1,000 students in 669 single bedrooms, 125 twin bedrooms and 178 apartments.
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