Preserve our Built Heritage

1st September 2009

From Anne Lucey - Irish Times Tuesday, September 1, 2009

PLANS FOR a large-scale retail, conference, tourism and leisure development over much of the 13-acre site surrounding the former Great Southern hotel in Killarney have been approved by An Bord Pleanála.

But permission for a controversial element of the proposal, a 91m (300ft) viewing tower, has been refused by the board.

14th August 2009

From Olivia Kelly - Irish Times Friday August 14th

Reprimand of council over high-rise Carlton site plan urged by An Taisce

13th August 2009

From RTE News - Thursday 13th August

An Taisce criticises Carlton cinema plan

An Taisce has said there should be resignations in Dublin City Council after An Bord Pleanála again criticised council permission for high-rise development.

The board has indicated to Chartered Land that it will reject its plan for the Carlton site on O'Connell Street involving a 13-storey building topped by a sloping park.

12th August 2009

LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent

AN TAISCE has warned of “irreparable damage” to one of Galway’s most historic quarters, following a decision to grant Allied Irish Banks (AIB) permission to redevelop part of Lynch’s Castle. An Taisce’s Galway branch is to appeal the plan, which involves demolition of later additions to the medieval building on the corner of Abbeygate Street and construction of a new three-storey building from the castle’s northwest wall.

24th June 2009

From The Irish Times - Wednesday June 24th

Bord rejects 11-storey block at Four Courts

PLANS TO demolish the six-storey former motor tax office behind the Four Courts in Dublin and replace it with a part seven and 11-storey block have been rejected by An Bord Pleanála.

Linders of Smithfield, which bought the 1970s River House at Chancery Street from Dublin City Council, secured permission for the redevelopment from the city planners subject to a number of conditions, including one that a revised façade be used.

14th June 2009

An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, has a bright, sunny future ahead, electing as its new president the famous climate change scientist Professor John Sweeney. At their AGM, held on Saturday in an Taisce’s HQ, the beautiful Tailors’ Hall, Dublin, an enthusiastic gathering of members said goodbye to Eanna Ni Lamhna, who has served as president with great distinction for the last five years, and welcomed John Sweeney into the role.

6th May 2009

Ireland’s Master Tailor Louis Copeland has launched an effort to help save the historic Tailors’ Hall. An Taisce headquarters, the Tailors’ Hall in Christchurch is the only remaining guild hall in Dublin and has played a fascinating role in the lives of Dubliners for more than 300 years.

17th November 2008

For decades An Taisce has been fighting a battle to protect our natural heritage and to save many threatened aspects of our built heritage. This has been an uphill struggle, often carried on in the face of great hostility because of public and political attitudes, too often governed by concern for short-term economic or financial gain, and too rarely influenced by recognition of the crucial importance of preserving what we have inherited from the past.

6th June 2007

The indication that the World Monument Fund (WMF) is about to add the Tara-Skryne complex to its list of 100 most endangered sites is a logical outcome of the entire shameful saga.

The systematic assault on the heritage of this country is unrelenting. If the Gabhra Valley is unsafe, what hope then for the less high profile physical manifestations of our culture and nationhood.

22nd May 2007

There was a time not too long ago that a new site worthy of the designation “National Monument” would have been wholly welcomed by the Minister of the Environment. More importantly its preservation would have been guaranteed.


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