Preserve our Built Heritage

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.

16th May 2007

Today has seen the launch of the Heritage Protection Alliance of Ireland (HPAoI). Sharing in the one and common cause, the HPAoI is a new alliance of active heritage protection interests coming together as the one umbrella group. The current amount of destruction that is occurring at key specific sites is symptomatic of an island-wide malaise. There is a pattern of systemic destruction; Tara is in the headlines now, but in itself it is only emblematic of a much wider and deeper epidemic. It is for this reason that these local active groups and academics have come together.

29th July 2013

Grossly compromising the city’s Medieval Mile would see tourist businesses hardest hit Kilkenny’s reputation as one of Ireland’s premier destinations for history lovers will lie in tatters if a new road is built through the city’s medieval quarter, according to An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland.

“It’s simply not possible to maintain an attractive environment for tourists and at the same time construct a busy road that would cut key historic attractions off from each another”, according to James Nix, Policy Director for An Taisce.

13th December 2006

The Save 16 Moore Street Committee welcome the Taoiseachs announcement that

No. 16 Moore Street is to be designated a National Monument. After a hard

fought five year campaign, the committee are pleased that he has acceded to

their wishes in declaring the Moore Street /O'Connell Street area a 1916


James Connolly-Heron, committee member and great grandson of the

1916 leader said " It is now imperative that the buildings on Moore Street

are secured and protected. Given the deplorable state they have been allowed

7th November 2005


An Taisce the National Trust for Ireland welcomes today the government’s acknowledgement of the need for an independent Irish Heritage Trust which benefits from tax reliefs. It wishes to raise concerns that the steering group is not fully representative of all the stakeholders.


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