O'Connell Street Project

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O’Connell Street Integrated Area Plan

The aim of the O’Connell Street Integrated Area Plan is to create an environment that will allow O’Connell Street to live up to its role as the main street of Ireland’s capital city.


The street should also have a strong and dynamic relationship between the quality of its architecture and the uses to which it is put.

For more about this plan, contact the Sean MacDermott St Area Office at the address below.

Objectives of the Plan

The objectives of this plan are:

  • To radically improve the environment for pedestrians.
  • To create a perception that the street is safe and secure.
  • To generate a sustainable mix of building uses.
  • To secure refurbish and the future of Georgian buildings on Parnell Square West.
  • To create strong linkages between O’Connell Street and other areas, especially with other integrated area plans, e.g. Historic Area Rejuvenation Project (HARP), North Inner City Integrated Area Plan.
  •  To achieve sustainable uses for under-used and vacant buildings in the environs of O’Connell Street.
  •  To draw Parnell Square into a more dynamic relationship with O’Connell Street.
  • To achieve a quantum leap in the design and presentation of public spaces.

Achievements to Date

  • The Spire has been constructed.
  • O’Connell Street has been completely refurbished. This has included:
    • Laying new carriageways for vehicles
    • Widening footpaths
    • Upgrading public lighting
    • Installing specialist street furniture
    • Planting new trees
  • All monuments have been restored and cleaned to their original condition.
  • A new central median/pedestrian area has been constructed from O’Connell Street to Parnell Street.
  • A new Civic Plaza has been created outside the GPO, for use during celebrations.
  • New ‘Shop Front Guidelines’ have been implemented for O’Connell Street.
  • O’Connell Street has been designated as an ‘Architectural Conservation Area’.
  • A ‘Special Planning Control Scheme’ has been introduced.

Other Achievements

  • Numbers 4 and 8 on Eden Quay have been refurbished.
  • A new Jury’s Inn hotel has been constructed on Parnell Street.
  •  Work has commenced on the refurbishment of the ILAC centre.
  • A new retail and residential development has been built at the former Walden site on Parnell Street.

For more information

Dublin City Council
Sean Mac Dermott Street Area Office (Head Office)
51-53 Lower Sean Mac Dermott Street
Dublin 1

Opening hours: 9.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday

Tel: (01) 222 2248
Fax: (01) 222 3831
Email: central.area@dublincity.ie