It has been revealed that U2 have begun recording new material at the studios in Dublin's South Dock which are scheduled to be demolished. Trevor Bowen said in a written submission to An Board Pleanála's public hearing that the band began recording new material in the studios this month.

Mr Bowen is an accountant and a partner in U2's management company. Opposing the studio's demolition, Mr Bowen said that U2 had invested heavily in the "music workshop".

Four albums have been recorded at the studios in the past seven years. U2 said in a statement last night that they would move if an alternative site could be found.

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority said today that talks were ongoing. The hearing is expected to conclude today with a decision being reached on the matter by 9 April.