"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.

Principles for Sustainable Rural Settlement

An Taisce has long voiced concerns as to the ongoing suburbanisation of rural Ireland and the resulting decline of rural towns and villages. The evidence clearly shows that the highly dispersed settlement patterns that have been allowed to take hold are extremely costly and have stored up significant social, economic and environmental problems that are to the long-term detriment of rural communities and the rural economy.

20th January 2015

An Taisce is largely disappointed with the proposed arrangements for the Office of Planning Regulation which is set out in the recently published General Scheme of Planning and Development No.2 Bill 2014 [Note 1]. It falls far short from the appointment of an Independent Planning Regulator as called for by the Mahon Tribunal [Note 2].

28th November 2014

I am pleased to make a submission in respect to the above proposal. This submission has been jointly prepared by An Taisce (, – The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network ( and Dublin Cycling Campaign (

The submission comprises four main sections:

14th January 2015

On January 13th 2015, An Taisce was granted leave to Judicially Review An Bord Pleanála's November 2014 decision, to grant permission for the N86 Dingle to Annascaul & Gortbreagoge to Camp Road Improvement Scheme (Note 1).

The route is renowned for its scenic quality, natural and built heritage; including prehistoric features. In summary: the scheme proposes to widen the road and add cycle lanes resulting in a wide range of environmental impacts, including visual landscape impacts.

8th January 2015

An Taisce makes a renewed call on the government to take rural settlement seriously in the upcoming review of the National Spatial Strategy.

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, has long voiced concerns as to the ongoing suburbanisation of rural Ireland and the consequent decline of rural towns and villages.

15th December 2014

All future Irish wind energy proposal needs to be plan led and not developer led. There is a need to meaningfully rather than tokenistically use the framework provided by the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive to identify the national capacity for location of wind energy for export turbines, and their optimum siting. This proposal is inappropriately developer led acting without any proper national and location selection strategy.

Buildings at Risk - Most Significant 2014

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.

14th March 2014

1.0 Introduction

1.1 The Consultation

This submission is a response to the National Transport Authority’s Public Consultation on the SwiftWay Bus Rapid Transport proposals for Dublin with a deadline of 14th March 2014 as advertised at:

1.2 Comments on the Consultation Documents

5th November 2014

An Taisce has made a submission to the consultation on Investing in our Transport Future - A Strategic Framework for Investment in Land Transport.

The entire document reflects either ignorance or indifference to the global scientific consensus on climate, the Copenhagen Accord and Irish Government commitment to a low carbon future by 2050 in proposed new climate legislation. References to climate are tacked on and not integrated with the evaluative process and concluding principles.


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