Preserve our Built Heritage

22nd February 2014

An Taisce calls for ESB to consider the lack of activity on Fitzwilliam Street after working hours, looking to revitalize the Georgian quarter both visually and culturally.

1st February 2014

In advance of a key vote by Dublin City Council this day week (3rd. March), An Taisce has said a planning application by the ESB for Fitzwilliam St must prioritise the re-population of the area.

"At night there is hardly a lit window along Fitzwilliam St and the ESB's ultimate planning application must redress this" said An Taisce Policy Director James Nix.

“Dublin's South Georgian quarter needs to have life breathed back into and the ESB project is vital in kickstarting that process”, he continued.

6th January 2014

Expert report says that house warrants National Monument designation

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland, has written to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan, asking him to declare a house with renaissance / late medieval features at Vicar Street in Kilkenny City as a national monument.

“Heritage tourism is hugely significant to Kilkenny’s economy” according to Declan Murphy, Chair of An Taisce’s local association in Kilkenny, “and a further high-profile historical and archaeological site can only add to that”.

18th September 2013

Parking levy on out-of-town retail outlets would raise more than €16m a year - An Taisce's Pre-Budget submission

Implementing Government policy for a parking levy to help level the playing field between out-of-town retail outlets and town centre shops would yield at least €16m a year, An Taisce has told Government in its pre-budget submission.

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?”.


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