A mosque in Clondalkin in Dublin has been ordered to cease operations as it represents a “traffic hazard” for the local area.
The mosque, which is located on the first floor of an autorepair shop on the Naas Road close to the M7/M50 interchange, has served as a prayer centre for local Muslims for almost a decade, according to regular attendees.
It contains a small prayer room, a meeting room and an imam’s room.
Worshippers were served notice to stop convening there by South Dublin County Council in June 2014, and an enforcement notice was issued on the premises last May.
In its decision to refuse permission for continued use of the premises as a mosque, the local authority said it was never notified of the mosque’s existence when it first opened in 2007 and so initial permission was never granted.
The judgment was appealed to An Bord Pleanála in March, but the State’s highest planning body has decided to uphold the original decision by the council.