Irish Jewish Museum extension granted

Plans to extend the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin have been given the go-ahead.

Some residents of the Portobello area had objected to the demolition of five terraced houses, including an old synagogue.

They argued that the plan to excavate six metres into the ground could destabilise surrounding homes.

They were also worried about traffic congestion, with visitor numbers projected to increase from 10,000 to 50,000 a year.

However, the body in charge of planning allowed the development, pointing to the historic connections of the existing museum and old synagogue to the site.

An Bord Pleanála also found that residential amenities would not be seriously affected.

One of the conditions includes the reinstatement of the original synagogue interior.

The museum had sought the extension to give it more space for exhibits and to qualify for proper accreditation.

In a statement, it said it was "very pleased" with the decision.

Board member Edwin Alkin said the extension was necessary for the museum to become an "educational centre and beacon for tolerance".

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