Planning permission has been approved for Ireland's largest mosque. 

A four-storey mosque, community centre, and primary school will be built in Blanchardstown.

The Shuhada Foundation of Ireland was given the green light from An Bord Pleanala for the buildings, which will be located at a former HSE facility.

Dr. Taufiq al-Sattar, a 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 England in  2013.

The new mosque will be financed from Dr. al-Sattar’s family fund, his life savings, and donations from the Muslim community in his family's former home town of Leicester.



He also plans to raise vital funds from the medical community in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Dr. Taufiq, a consultant at Beaumont Hospital and Temple Street, previously told the Irish Independent that the project has "kept [him] alive" during his darkest days.

He chose to name the project 'Shahuda' - an Arabic word for martyrs. Its singular, feminine form is Shaheeda, the inspiration for the name of the Muslim primary school he opened in his daughter's memory in September 2014 at Warrenstown House.

Plans to build a mosque were actually approved last year - but numerous local residents launched a petition on the grounds that the Muslim call to prayer would cause noise pollution, as well as contributing to traffic congestion.