Preserve our Built Heritage

12th April 2013

An Taisce is horrified by Dublin City Council's so-called “plan” to withdraw the basic services of street cleaning and rubbish removal in Dublin's north city centre, including primary Georgian areas.

Speaking today, spokesman Charles Stanley-Smith said; "This idea is insane. This area has suffered from dumping due to a lack of enforcement - yet the council now propose to effectively withdraw services altogether. As numerous studies such as 'the broken window hypothesis' indicate, where a small problem is left un-tackled it is likely to become far worse rather than better.”

10th March 2013

An Taisce wishes to commend Dublin City Council in moving to protect Aldborough House, the last Georgian mansion to be built in Dublin City.

Located beside the Five Lamps on Portland Row, the very fine cut stone mansion consists of 3 floors 7 bays wide above basement. It features a central break front pediment with a foyer in the Tuscan order and with a rusticated treatment of the stone work at ground floor level. It was designed by Richard Johnston, begun in 1792 and completed at great cost by 1803.

19th February 2013

Yesterday morning in Dublin City Centre, suspected arson almost claimed Aldborough House, the last Georgian mansion to be built in Dublin City. An Taisce urges Dublin City Council to move speedily to ensure that the building is properly secure by way of being occupied by a caretaker, with any other necessary security measures taken. An Taisce reminds Dublin City Council of their legal obligations to ensure that "Protected Buildings" are indeed "protected",

13th February 2013

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Finance that there will be an exemption from property tax for the renovation of Georgian Houses and those adapted for the handicapped.

But what about people who ‘improve’ the energy efficiency of their houses?

The construction industry has collapsed except for unfortunately unsustainable one-off house construction in rural areas and the welcome and the very sustainable energy upgrading of existing homes.

13th February 2013

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, welcomes the announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD, that the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) is to be reviewed. As detailed in our ‘State of the Nation: A Review of Ireland’s Planning System 2001-2011’ Report last year, An Taisce has long argued that the NSS was never implemented and a complete failure. This was confirmed in the results of Census 2011 and we welcome the government’s belated acknowledgement of this fact.

9th February 2013

What is the concrete slab outside Dublin City Hall and why is there no consent for it?

Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications Officer of An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland stated this morning “I was walking up Dame Street towards Christchurch and Tailors’ Hall and just gone past Dublin City Hall, when I had a WTF moment. There in the middle of Cork Hill is a monstrous concrete slab – what is it and how did it get there?”.

6th February 2013

Professor Kevin B Nowlan who died on Feb. 4th. 2013 was one of Ireland's leading advocates for heritage protection and served as An Taisce president from 1983 to 1987. He will be remembered for his authoritative presence and great speaking voice at lectures, public meeting and planning hearings over the last half century. His greatest cause was the preservation of Georgian Dublin against dereliction, road widening and inappropriate development.

9th December 2013

Thank you for referring the above application to An Taisce for comment. In deference to the high quality of historic architecture in the Fitzwilliam Square area and the contribution made by the 'contained open space' in the centre of the square to the setting of the historic architecture, An Taisce submits that great care must be taken to avoid any works which would negatively impact on this Victorian unified lay-out.

16th November 2012

“An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland is calling on the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government to immediately appoint an Independent Planning Regulator as per the Mahon Tribunal and for that Regulator to immediately investigate the planning function and competence of Dublin City Council, following the An Bord Pleanála refusal of the Liberty Hall redevelopment.”

Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications’ Officer and former Chair of An Taisce stated today. He added

7th November 2012

An Taisce has published an illustrated ‘buildings at risk’ list for Dublin so as to document the large numbers of vacant or derelict historic buildings in the city, from landmarks such as the Iveagh Markets to the former Hume Street Hospital. The City Council urgently needs to take steps to protect these sites.

The property collapse has left a legacy of dereliction and abandonment in Dublin, where buildings and sites assembled for development are now left empty.


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