Bono is hoping to perform in Dublin this week, but there won’t be any singing.
The U2 front man will appear before planning officials in an effort to win approval for a £120 million scheme to extend the Clarence Hotel in Dublin, which he co-owns with fellow band member The Edge.
The two of them, with a group of investors, have drawn up plans with world famous architect, Sir Norman Foster, for a spectacular overhaul of the 43-room hotel including a huge glass atrium in the shape of a Viking long boat.
The project, which involves the partial demolition of several large Georgian buildings that surround the existing Clarence site in trendy Wellington Quay, has angered local preservation groups.
An official at Ireland’s tourism authority commented: “Dublin city derives much of its character and appeal to visitors from its Georgian heritage. It is important that the integrity of this historic fabric be protected.”
by Andy Moreton
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