Workshop on the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies - 10th Jan 2017

14th January 2018

Thank you for your interest in An Taisce’s workshop on the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies and how environmental campaigners can use the planning system to achieve their objectives.

Despite tight deadlines, 50 people attended the session on the 10th January and heard a number of presentations:

Judy Osborne (Spatial Planner and Board member of An Taisce) spoke of why we even have planning, making key points that “The future is not a place we are going to but a place we are creating” and that we need community buy-in to adaptation plans (and regional plans) if we are to have any hope of coping with climate disruption.

Prof John Sweeney (Maynooth University and founder member of An Taisce’s Climate Change Committee) gave a scholarly but comprehensible account of the choices that must be made in planning for known climate impacts.

Doireann Ni Cheallaigh (An Taisce’s Planning Officer) gave an expert account of the tiers and impacts of various national, regional and local plans with an account of the consultation processes.

Ian Lumley (An Taisce’s Heritage Officer) spoke of the correct implementation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment directive in Ireland, the failure of the system to be iterative as originally intended and the need for plans to take account of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which the government has signed up to.

Charles Stanley Smith (Board member of An Taisce, representative on the Environmental Pillar and Chair of the Tipperary Local Community and Development Committee ) gave a quick summary of the issue papers of each of the three regions together with an outline of the questions posed that we might respond to in our submissions.

In the final session of the day the participants divided in regional tables to share and discuss ides of items of particular importance to each region that those wishing to make a pre-draft submission might like to consider.

An Taisce hope to continue with a series of planning workshops throughout the year. We would very much appreciate critical feed back from this meeting in order that we can ensure that we focus future workshops at a level that meets people’s needs.


We hope to have the results of the table discussions here.

We have set-up a shareable folder, so if you want to share your thoughts and even drafts of your submissions please do