Online shopping giant Amazon in continuing talks with Jacob’s Social Club to determine the members’ future

By Maurice Garvey

TALKS are continuing between the committee of the Jacob’s Biscuits Social Club and online shopping giant Amazon to find a new home for the club’s members, The Echo can confirm.

Following reports in The Echo last year that the future of the social club was in doubt following the sale of the former Jacob’s biscuits factory on Belgard Road to Amazon, reached out to the social club committee via The Echo to find a resolution.

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A number of meetings with the social club committee chairman Derek Toomey, club secretary Maria Breen and the club treasurer Julie Keogh have since taken place, with further meetings due to take place in the near future.

The social club currently has up to 230 lifetime members who would have bought a membership when the club first opened in 1980 – there are also 100 members who pay a membership fee each year to continue the upkeep of the club.

A planning application for the former Jacob’s site was submitted to South Dublin County Council back in February, and includes proposals for the “partial demolition of the main factory building” and demolition of existing extensions and out-buildings” comprising a total floor area of 5,480 sq.m.

The site is expected to be developed into a data centre and will create a large number of construction jobs – around 50 construction jobs were created as a result of the Amazon development on the former Shinko site on Greenhills Road.

 

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