Plan for largest mosque in country given go-aheadFriday 08 March 2013 23.54
Plans for Ireland's biggest mosque have been given the go-ahead by Dublin City Council for a site in the north of the city.
The six-acre site in Clongriffin will be able to cater for up to 3,000 Muslims during festivals.
One condition of the planning permission is that there is no call to prayer audible outside the complex.
The development will consist of a three-storey domed mosque with minarets, a conference centre, primary and secondary schools and fitness centre with swimming pool.
The mosque will cater for around 550 people for Friday night prayers but up to 3,000 for the festival of Eid.
Local Labour TD Sean Kenny said the vast majority of people in Clongriffin were in favour of the development.
He said he was glad that concerns about noise, parking and access through the site have been addressed.
The planning application was made by a group called The Dublin Welfare Society and it is believed that a benefactor from the United Arab Emirates is funding the project, which is expected to cost at least €40m.
The site, which is situated between Father Collins Park and Clongriffin DART station, is owned by developer Gerry Gannon and had been empty since the collapse of the property market.