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.
"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.
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.