Objections lodged against Dublin's newest Starbucks

The council will review the complaints...

Objections lodged against Dublin's newest Starbucks

A lagre cup of Starbucks coffee sits outside a Starbucks in Washington | Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP/Press Association Images

A number of people have objected to the opening of Dublin's latest Starbucks on Drury Street in the city centre.

Councillor Mannix Flynn is among those who have raised concerns about the southside outlet, he objects to both the signage, and the spaces change of use. It was previously occupied by an independent men's clothes retailer which also operated a small cafe.

Mr Flynn has said that there should have been a period of consultation between locals before the opening of the cafe was approved.

Once Dublin City Council (DCC) receives such a complaint it is required to examine the concerns that have been raised.

"Dublin City Council can confirm that this operation is under investigation following complaints received about signage and change of use of the building," the DCC confirmed in a statement.

The Journal reports that Mr Flynn made the official complaint to draw attention to the broader issue of big brands taking over the city.

"We need to be sure not to let monopolies taking over the uniqueness of our streets and areas.

“What you are dealing with here is a consortium – one that literally wants to brand itself all over the place,” he said.

The new store is located in Dublin's 'Creative Quarter,' an area to the immediate west of Grafton Street, which is dominated by independent retailers, pubs and cafes.

There are now 21 Starbuck coffee shops in Dublin's city centre.