Preserve our Built Heritage

18th September 2014

While it is appropriate that the new Statement of Strategy should address commitments under the Programme for Government, it is considered that this should be part of a wider integrated strategy. The Statement of Strategy 2011-2014 was produced at a time when the public service agenda was driven by spending cuts and job promotion. It is clearly lacking in long-term strategic objectives.

2nd September 2014

An Taisce has considered the proposed development by the ESB at Fitzwilliam Street (Reference: 3052/14) as fundamentally flawed. It is seeking a large scale commercial floorspace scheme at a time when a residential vision has been outlined for the subject area, and at a scale and density that does not preserve the character and setting of the internationally significant Georgian area of Dublin in which it is sited and that of the individual protected structures in the vicinity.

8th August 2014

An Taisce has received several photographs of Tailors' Hall, courtesy of Mrs B Weir, which were taken prior to the restoration of the building. After falling into dereliction in the 1950s the hall was restored in the 1960s and more recently in the 1980s. The photographs illustrate how the building was close to losing a lot of its features and character. The Great Hall was missing a ceiling, the attic space was missing its floor, the building was without windows and open to the elements without.

6th June 2014

An Taisce has called on Government to widen the scope of its ‘roadmap’ for the built environment sector. An Taisce’s submission noted the the narrow definition of the “Built Environment“ which is unfairly limited to considering energy use in particular categories of buildings only. The proposed roadmap, under its current scope, will omit land-use and transportation related emissions as a consideration under the built environment.

30th May 2014

This consultation is well timed.

It now coincides with the wind up of the discredited Temple Bar Cultural Trust as highlighted in the Irish Independent headline 4th March 2014 ‘Scandal-Hit Temple Bar Trust is Axed’.

In April 2014 the Huffington Post’s inclusion of Dublin’s Temple Bar as one of the ’10 most disappointing’ places in the world for tourists, should be considered a source of national embarrassment.

23rd May 2014

An atmospheric image of Dromineer Castle, on the shores of Lough Derg, Co. Tipperary, by Padraig Ó Flannabhra, from his new book publication 'DeLight in Dromineer',which shows images of this historic lakeside village. Efforts by members of the public together with An Taisce North Tipperary, have formed 'Cairde an Chaisleáin' / Friends of Dromineer Castle ,to help remove Ivy, and conserve the 13th century, lakeside Icon of Dromineer, which dominates the local landscape.

15th May 2014

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland, has presented a compelling historical and archaeological report to Minister for Heritage, Mr Jimmy Deenihan, asking him to confirm a National Monument at Vicar St, Kilkenny, and to issue a formal declaration under national monuments legislation.

14th May 2014

In continuation of the professional dialogue that took place in Kilkenny last week, An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland, and Kilkenny County Council agreed today agreed the following points at a meeting:

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