A Muslim community group has sought planning permission to build what would be one of the largest mosques in Ireland on a site at Blanchardstown in west Dublin.
Dr Taufiq al-Sattar of the Shuhada Foundation of Ireland is behind the development on the Blanchardstown Road North Corduff, which is expected to cost tens of millions of euro.
The Dublin-based neurosurgeon pledged to build the mosque in memory of his late wife Shehnila Taufiq who died along with their daughter Zainab (19), and sons Bilal (17) and Jamal (15) in an arson attack in Leicester, England, in September 2013.
The planning application, lodged with Fingal County Council, seeks permission to build a three-storey mosque, a large community centre, and a private primary school on the site of Warrenstown House, a former HSE facility.
“My late wife’s vision, was not only to have a mosque, but to have a community centre as well, for all the community,” Dr al-Sattar said.
The centre will include a halal food store and restaurant, a sports hall and a five-a-side football pitch which he hopes can bring young people from different faiths, and none, together.
“We will also hold inter-faith dialogues in the centre, to bring different communities and faiths together, this is what we all need in the current world and climate,” he said.
Earlier plans for the development were deemed “very ambitious” by Fingal County Council, and the local authority sought that the scale of the plans be reduced.
Plans to build a secondary school on the site was left out of the redesigned proposal submitted to the council last month. The local authority also requested the mosque be given “greater prominence” in the redesigned plans, according to planning documentation.