"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.

12th August 2014

An Taisce appreciates landscape is a complex phenomenon and agreeing on landscape values has become a contentious topic for the government, local authorities, stakeholders and public alike. There should now have been sufficient time for the government and others to reflect on the ‘Celtic Tiger’ era, including the changes it brought to the landscape and focus on how the country will face-up to protecting, managing and planning its landscape in the future.

8th August 2014

An Taisce has received several photographs of Tailors' Hall, courtesy of Mrs B Weir, which were taken prior to the restoration of the building. After falling into dereliction in the 1950s the hall was restored in the 1960s and more recently in the 1980s. The photographs illustrate how the building was close to losing a lot of its features and character. The Great Hall was missing a ceiling, the attic space was missing its floor, the building was without windows and open to the elements without.

5th August 2014

Instead of investing in energy use conservation, efficiency and renewable alternatives, the global trend in energy has been to increase the extraction rate of large scale open cast coal mining and extend oil and gas exploration into new areas and introduce problematic new technologies. Energy companies are in an exploration race to secure a level of fossil fuel extraction which is incompatible with the level of decarbonisation required to stabilise global climate at 2ºC average surface temperature above pre-industrial levels.

31st July 2014

An Taisce can play a lead role, both at home and abroad in the promotion of tourism and outdoor recreation. The imagery used by Fáilte Ireland in its current campaigns is based on the quality of landscapes and attractive towns and villages. The focus of An Taisce’s involvement in planning during the boom years was to protect this legacy, for which we were often condemned.

30th June 2014

An Taisce has responded to a consultation by the Department of the Taoiseach on the National Risk Assessment. The purpose of the National Risk Assessment is to identify the risks, both financial and non-financial, which Ireland faces and therefore ensure appropriate prevention and mitigation measures are introduced.

27th June 2014

An Taisce has made a submission on the new Cork Port application to An Bord Pleanala under the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006. The application is largely a repeat of a previous proposal refused by An Bord Pleanála on 25th June 2008 (Ref: 04.PA0003), for development at Oyster Bank, Ringaskiddy.

13th June 2014

An Taisce has successfully appealed a 'drive thru' at Brew's Hill, Navan, Co Meath. The subject site was immediately adjacent to the entrance to St. Joseph's Mercy Primary School. An Taisce's primary concern was the exposure of students to foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar.

13th June 2014

An Taisce appealed one condition of the application by Regeneron to redevelop the former Dell plant. This led to local upset on a misunderstanding that An Taisce had appealed the substantial planning permission.

It is best explained by James Nix's letter, printed in the Irish Independent.

Dear Sir,

1st April 2014

For the first time An Bord Pleanála‎ has awarded a planning appellant expenses under Section 145 Planning and Development Act 2000 in a case to be paid by Galway County Coucil to the appellant.

One of the most unfair features of the Irish planing system is the manner in which anyone taking an appeal to An Bord Pleanála and securing the overturn of an inappropriate local authority decision, may have to deal with a repeat application and permission grant by the local Council and bear the cost of a second or more appeals.

6th June 2014

An Taisce has called on Government to widen the scope of its ‘roadmap’ for the built environment sector. An Taisce’s submission noted the the narrow definition of the “Built Environment“ which is unfairly limited to considering energy use in particular categories of buildings only. The proposed roadmap, under its current scope, will omit land-use and transportation related emissions as a consideration under the built environment.


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