Planning

"Bad planning is not a victimless crime," commented Dr. Berna Grist of UCD recently. An Taisce engages in the planning process with a view to having law and policy properly applied, for the good of communities.

1st July 2020

The Supreme Court has struck down two provisions of Irish planning law for being in breach of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. The Judgment clearly vindicates An Taisce’s public interest watchdog role in environmental protection in Ireland and further advances the prominence and protection of European Environmental Law.

The Project

The Buildings at Risk Register is an unfunded project by An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland supported and maintained by its voluntary members. The Buildings at Risk Register was put in place in response to a concern at the growing number of structures that are vacant and falling into a state of disrepair. The Register provides information on structures of architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical interest throughout the country that are considered to be at risk.

21st September 2020
29th August 2020

Mayo Council Council is commended for taking on the Moore Hall Estate near Ballinrobe as a heritage attraction and public and tourist amenity following decades of neglect by Coillte.

26th August 2020

Just as the Dáil rose for its summer recess, Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett announced a very short consultation over the traditional August holiday period, on the outline of the Draft Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020.

23rd August 2020

A look back at a recent positive heritage outcome at Thomas Street in Dublin's Liberties.

18th August 2020

An Taisce has made a submission to the current Strategic Housing Development application by Derryroe Ltd. for 105 apartments and an aparthotel extension at Herbert Park and Pembroke Place, which would include demolition of No 40 Herbert Park.

No. 40 is of considerable social and historic significance as it was the home of Michael Joseph O’Rahilly - more often known as The O’Rahilly - who died in the 1916 Rising.

22nd June 2020

An Taisce has written today to Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD on the eve of what may be his final EU Environment Council meeting.

17th June 2020

Protecting the built heritage of Dublin in the 2020s is not for the faint-hearted, with frantic levels of activity and seemingly everything being done to facilitate short-term economic interests at the longterm sustainability, beauty and setting of this historic city.

4th June 2020

Meath has always had a strong reverence for heritage and the natural environment. This did not get much attention in J. Stirling Coyne’s The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland (1842) but Colonel William Burton who resided at Slane Castle and later adopted the family name Conyngham, founded the Hibernian Antiquarian Society in 1779 to promote Irish ancient buildings abroad.

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