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Islamic prayer Center in Swords gets the go-ahead

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Planning permission for an Islamic prayer and cultural Centre in Swords, north Co Dublin, has been approved by Fingal County Council.

Members of the Muslim community in Swords had sought to renew planning permission to convert a former An Post sorting office into a center for prayer and cultural events.

An initial application for the single-story building located off the Rathbeale Road was approved in late December 2015, on the basis it would need to be renewed in two years’ time and despite more than a dozen residents objecting to the plans over fears it would increase traffic flows into a small area.

However, the board voted by a two-thirds majority against their inspector’s recommendation, and approved the plans.

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