Posted on October 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Outrage from all corners of the cultural world has failed to stop the conversion of a house significant to literature into a hostel.

The building known as “the House of The Dead,” for serving as the setting of the James Joyce short story “The Dead,” had been sold a few years ago to private investors.

And on Friday, Dublin’s city council granted planning permission to their proposed 54-room hostel in it.

Writers, Irish cultural groups, and Joycean scholars all spoke against the plans when they were unveiled last year, and some of them expect to continue the fight, reports the Guardian.

Scholar John McCourt, speaking on behalf of a group including writers Sally Rooney, Colm Tóibín, and Edna O’Brien, told the Sunday Times that the group would file a formal appeal of the plan.

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