An Taisce has sent the attached submission to Dublin City Council, urging that a proposed conversion of No. 15 Usher’s Island, setting for James Joyce’s The Dead, to a 56-bed hostel should not be permitted.

The return of this nationally-important house at 15 Usher’s Island - real-life setting of Joyce’s
best-known short story, The Dead - to functioning use, and the arresting of any further
deterioration in the fabric, is needed. However, and having regard to the foregoing, the
proposal currently presented for change of use to a hostel would not be appropriate. Refusal
is therefore recommended in order to find a way forward and secure the future of this key
cultural building of Dublin.

Download the full submission here.