A company linked to the McGettigan family, known for its group of hotels and pubs, has applied for planning permission to develop a hotel on the site of the former Embankment pub in Tallaght, Co Dublin.
Ergo has learned that the development on the site of the once-famous pub, known for its live music, would include both a 129-room hotel and three aparthotel buildings.
The planning was lodged with South Dublin County Council by Mardivale Limited, which counts hotel group The Address Collective boss Brian McGettigan and James McGettigan as directors.
The McGettigan family also own the nearby The Address Citywest, formerly known as the Kingswood Hotel, and McGettigan's Cookhouse and Bar near Kingswood.
The developer is seeking permission to demolish the pub and existing incomplete buildings on the east side of the site to facilitate the development of a hotel.
The proposed three-storey aparthotel buildings would comprise of 15 units each, reaching a total of 45 apartments. They would include studios, one-bed, two-bed and three-bed units to the south and south-east of the site.
Included in the planning application is the provision of a parking area for 120 cars and 30 bicycles. It also contains details of extensive tree planting throughout the site, a sub-station together with all associated site works, boundary treatments and landscaping.
A decision on the planning application is due from South Dublin County council by November 5.
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This year is not one for big celebrations but PR firm Gibney Communications quietly marked 25 years in existence last week.
Founded by Ita Gibney on October 1, 1995 as a corporate PR agency, she opened in an office on Merrion Square with one client, Greencore. She quickly signed up Chartered Accountants Ireland and Arthur Cox within a few weeks. She secured BUPA when it entered the market two years later and steered it for many years in its efforts to open up the market to competition in health insurance.
Ita is executive chairman and still works full time in the business, while Donnchadh O'Neill has been managing director since 2013. Current clients include the historically media shy Aldi and recent wins include Huawei and Transdev. Depite Covid, it is currently seeking senior staff, particularly at account manager level.
Retail and food business Avoca was sold by the Pratt family to Aramark in 2015 for close to €60m but Ergo can reveal that some family involvement is continuing. Amanda Pratt originally exited the company a year before the company was sold. However, for the last several months she has been involved as a part-time creative consultant at the retail side of the business.
Avoca has reopened most shops after the Covid lockdown but has permanently closed its Letterfrack, Co Galway store, while a number of others are under review.