South Dublin County Council has approved a major extension to The Square shopping centre in Tallaght, Dublin, which will see the shopping area of the centre increase by almost half.
The extension, at 21,000 square metres, provides space for two new large department stores and eight other new shop units.
According to a statement by South Dublin County Council, "the development will provide up to 200 construction jobs and will take approximately 18 months to complete. When operational, the extension will result in 400 full and part time retail jobs and will give a major boost to both the Square and to Tallaght Town Centre."
It added that the development will "deliver big wins for Tallaght in terms of much needed construction and retail employment, enhanced commercial viability and greater shopping choice as well as valuable planning gain in the form of a new civic plaza and linked public transport interchange."