"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.

2nd November 2013

EU to investigate Kilkenny road scheme.

EU Directorate General for the Environment has written to Independent MEP, Nessa Childers, confirming that it will investigate Kilkenny County Council’s proposal to demolish houses in Vicar Street, in Kilkenny City, to make way for a new road.

6th November 2013

Mr Birthistle was responding to recent media coverage of the issue, including a call by An Taisce to extend the campus of St James's to include the Coombe Women's Hospital and to relocate the project from St James's to land adjacent to the Coombe.

Scattered rural dwellings have costs that are externalised (i.e. passed on to the wider population). These costs may not be obvious and can hence remain hidden, unattributed to the character of rural settlement. As a consequence, these costs are rarely engaged with by proponents of a permissive approach to dispersed rural housing. The typical and well-rehearsed response of such proponents is that a widely scattered settlement pattern is ‘traditional’ and a characteristic feature of Irish heritage.

"Bogs," writes John Feehan, "are places of enchantment. This is due in large measure to the immense natural diversity of the peatland landscape, but also to its unique atmosphere. The bogs are great, open expanses with distant horizons. You feel drawn to them as though they awakened an echo deep within us of the open savannah landscapes in which our human kind had its origins several million years ago."

In May 2013 An Taisce launched judicial review proceedings in London to challenge the legality of UK Secretary of State Ed Davey’s decision 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, we challenged the legality of the decision by the UK Government with reference to (amongst other things) the EU's Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the UK’s own regulations on transboundary impacts and consultation.

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.


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