"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.

An Taisce Submission on notice of intent to grant a prospecting licence for mineral exploration

An Taisce submission on notice of intent to grant a prospecting licence to MOAG Copper Gold Resources Inc, 1 Burkebrook Place, Suite 405, Toronto, Ontario M4G 0A2 to explore for minerals in townlands in Ballynahinch Barony including Boolagare, Callow, Dolan, Doohulla, Emlaghmore, Errisbeg West, Murvey and Tullaghlumman Beg, by Richard Bruton TD Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Submission to Draft Phoenix Park Visitor Experience Strategic Review

An Taisce welcomes this initiative specifically addressing the Visitor Experience of the Phoenix Park, however there are a number of areas of concern, in particular the impacts of introduction of modern pavilions into the Park’s historic central avenue, and concerning the overriding problem of motor-traffic impact in the Park. In general the Strategic Review seems too focused on architecture-led visitor centres and needs to instead place the sensitive historic designed landscape at the centre of the initiative.

20th September 2018

As a prescribed body under Article 28 of the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001 (amended), An Taisce is involved in reviewing planning applications referred by the planning authority.

Over the last year, there have been a number of applications for energy-intensive development including data centres.

As the IDA is promoting Ireland as a global centre for data storage, Ireland needs to set international leadership in energy efficiency through the use of zero-carbon energy.

24th September 2018


An Taisce supports the objectives of the National Planning Framework (hereafter “the NPF”) in providing for better designed and higher density urban areas and neighborhoods with walkable and public transport connectivity to services, employment and amenities. The pattern of low density suburban car based sprawl which has characterised much of the development of the last number of decades is unsustainable.

13th September 2018

The Built Environment unit of An Taisce took time over the summer to review the very popular database for structures at risk, which was originally released in November 2014. In this we are tracking some 120 buildings and structures at risk which were considered significant nationally and regionally and required intervention to prevent further deterioration. While there has been progress in securing certain buildings particularly in the Dublin City area, the majority of buildings recorded remain at risk and are becoming increasingly lost.

17th May 2018

An Taisce have today a submitted a legal complaint to Sligo County Council regarding the recent advertisement on Ben Bulben. [1]

As the mountain is part of a sensitive rural landscape in a visually vulnerable and surrounded by scenic routes, all designated under the Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023, there is a requirement to obtain planning permission and no exemptions apply.

21st February 2018
21st February 2018
21st February 2018


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