"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.

23rd October 2016

An Taisce have submitted a strong submission to the Planning Department of Dublin City Council regarding the proposed use of the National Museum building by the Seanad.

The National Museum building is a Protected Structure. Yet the proposed works would entail:

21st October 2016

An Taisce is calling on Dublin City Council to seek enforcement action on all residential accommodation that has been converted to full-time holiday letting units without the relevant planning and protect established urban residential accommodation and communities.

On the 17th Oct 2016 An Bord Pleanála made a ruling under Section 5 of the 2000 Planning Act that the change of use of a Temple Bar Apartment from residential unit to an all year round exclusively 'short term holiday' letting, is unauthorised as it is not exempt from planning. [1]

19th August 2016

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA) is currently preparing its Statement of Strategy for the three-year period from 2016 to 2019. The Departments Strategy Statement for the period 2016 to 2019 ‘will have a particular focus on the key commitments in the Programme for Government and the other Government strategies’.

Energy Matters 2016

A statement of An Taisce’s current position on energy, acknowledging that the fast changing circumstances of fluctuating demand and technological development may require frequent review of any policy. Summer 2016.

19th July 2016

An Taisce notes today's release of ‘Rebuilding Ireland’, Simon Coveney T.D’s, Minister of Housing, Planning and Local Government, housing and homelessness action plan. An Taisce believes there are a number of unnecessary proposed changes to planning laws and procedures.

13th June 2016

Today, An Taisce made their submission to Clare County Council in respect of a planning application by TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd for permission for a development comprising coastal erosion management works at and adjacent to Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg. [Note 1].

8th June 2016

The 2015 decision by An Bord Pleanála decision to grant permission for a 9 storey office development will have a major adverse impact on Dublin’s City Quay Church, a Protected Structure [Picture 1], located on the Liffey Quays Conservation Area.

The permission was granted to Targeted Investment Opportunities PLC (with the support of NAMA) in March 2016 following appeal by An Taisce arguing that the development was oversized.

19th April 2016

Ringaskiddy Strategic Infrastructure Application

Key Issues:

Given the scale of the proposal, we suggest four key considerations to be explored and taken into account, as outlined in our original appeal;

  1. Planning history
  2. Site suitability – sea level rise
  3. Visual and amenity impacts
  4. Meeting climate targets

Planning History:

This is the third application for this type of development at this site.


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