Fu­ture of ho­tel where Collins stayed re­mains up in the air

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MICHAEL COLLINS stayed in the La Touche Ho­tel in Greystones the night be­fore he went to Lon­don to sign the Treaty.

The Vic­to­rian site is of na­tional ar­chi­tec­tural im­por­tance, say some cam­paign­ers, con­cerned for the fu­ture over the ho­tel which could be about to lose its pro­tected struc­ture sta­tus.

The is­sue is con­tained in the draft lo­cal area plan which can be viewed in Greystones Li­brary, Greystones Town Coun­cil and Wicklow County Coun­cil. Sub­mis­sions on the plan can be made up un­til Fe­bru­ary 8.

La Touche Legacy Chair­man Cllr. Ge­orge Jones, whose wed­ding re­cep­tion was held in the ho­tel, said that the build­ing has fallen in to de­cay and no longer serves any pur­pose.

It is claimed that the county coun­cil is plan­ning to re­move the pro­tec­tion or­der, to make the site more ap­peal­ing to any po­ten­tial in­vestors.

Cur­rently any devel­op­ment on the site would face ex­ten­sive plan­ning re­stric­tions.

Dr. Ciara Kelly said that the build­ing is an iconic land­mark read­ily iden­ti­fied with Greystones. She said that a re­duc­tion in the price of the build­ing for sale would be as ef­fec­tive as tak­ing away the pro­tec­tion or­der.

‘ The La Touche was sem­i­nal to the devel­op­ment of the town. Are we go­ing to com­pletely de­stroy the seafront at Greystones?'

Cllr. Jones said that the ho­tel closed be­cause no­body was us­ing it. ‘It wasn't do­ing any busi­ness. Peo­ple weren't stay­ing there, drink­ing there. They weren't even us­ing the disco in the end,' he said, adding that no­body was talk­ing about de­mol­ish­ing the struc­ture. He sug­gested that it be­come an ar­chi­tec­tural con­ser­va­tion area sim­i­lar to the Burn­aby area.

Mayor of Greystones Kath­leen Kelle­her said that while she is not in favour of the de­struc­tion of the La Touche, the state of the struc­ture can­not be de­nied.

‘ There is a hole in the roof. The in­side is com­pletely gone,' she said, adding that a pro­tected stair­case is gone. ‘We are pro­tect­ing some­thing that is no longer there.

‘Gut­ting our town is not the way for progress,' in­sisted Dr. Kelly.

The La Touche Ho­tel on the seafront.

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