"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 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.

29th July 2009

From Anne Lucey - Irish Times Wednesday July 29th

Kerry landscape damaged by rural houses, admits council

THE COUNTRYSIDE in Co Kerry has been damaged significantly by the proliferation of one-off houses, Kerry County Council has acknowledged in new guidelines it has published to protect the remaining landscape. Foreign tourists have commented widely upon the damage, according to a new booklet issued by the council for applicants looking for planning permission for rural houses.

9th July 2009

From Frank McDonald - Irish Times July 9th

An Bord Pleanála rejects Dunleer schemes FRANK McDONALD, Environment Editor

AN TAISCE has won its third successive appeal against decisions by Louth County Council to grant permission for residential-led developments in Dunleer, with An Bord Pleanála overturning all three of the proposed schemes.

12th May 2009

An Taisce, Ireland’s National Trust, today issued a warning that moves to use the Irish Pension fund to invest in a State Infrastructure Bond could be aimed in the wrong direction. The plan, devised by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and presented to the Minister for Finance last week proposes that the pension fund would be used to “provide much needed finance for the building of roads, railways, schools, hospitals and utility projects”.

1st May 2013

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland1, has launched judicial review proceedings in London to challenge the legality of UK Secretary of State Ed Davey’s decision2 to grant permission to build and operate a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in the Bristol Channel, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish coast.

In papers issued in the High Court in London by lawyers Leigh Day, An Taisce challenges the legal compliance of the decision by the Government with the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the UK’s own regulations on transboundary impacts and consultation.

20th May 2013

An Taisce responds to today’s Government announced that it had approved proposals for the preparation of a new Planning and Development Bill to establish a new Planning Regulator.

From an initial reading of the Press Release, it appears to cover one of a number of key recommendations by Mahon, that being the plan for an independent planning regulator to review / assess forward planning, for example city and county development plans.

12th November 2013

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, is asking Cork City Council to redraw the masterplan for Cork's Marina Park to ensure the public park is not split in two by a proposed GAA facility.

The proposed GAA campus, which incorporates an all-weather pitch, as well as a host of other key facilities, is a welcome development and can be delivered in such a way as not to sever the public amenity of Marina Park.


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