Bono's Hotel Plans Anger Locals
U2 rocker BONO has infuriated Irish environmental authorities with his plans to expand the Dublin hotel he owns with bandmate THE EDGE.
The singer has submitted new designs for the expansion of The Clarence Hotel to the city's planning authorities, which detail his hopes to build a glass dome on top of the existing structure, in what has been described as a "skycatcher" and a "white hovering halo".
But locals fear the modernisation of the hotel will dominate the surrounding area and overshadow neighbouring Georgian buildings, which An Taisce - the country's most influential environmental authority - claims are "individually unremarkable but collectively superb - the essential Dublin, the frontispiece to the city and the nation".
Bono and The Edge bought The Clarence Hotel in 1992.