Planning

"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.

15th May 2014

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland, has presented a compelling historical and archaeological report to Minister for Heritage, Mr Jimmy Deenihan, asking him to confirm a National Monument at Vicar St, Kilkenny, and to issue a formal declaration under national monuments legislation.

14th May 2014

In continuation of the professional dialogue that took place in Kilkenny last week, An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland, and Kilkenny County Council agreed today agreed the following points at a meeting:

7th May 2014

Following a recent site visit, An Taisce is pleased to announce that an imminent meeting will take place with Mr. Joe Crockett, Kilkenny County Manager, to discuss the conservation plans for the Vicar Street houses in Kilkenny city. Renaissance / late medieval features of these houses were previously slated for demolition to make way for the Kilkenny Central Access Scheme (CAS).

An Taisce wishes to acknowledge the facilitation of the recent site visit and the opportunity to conduct an independent assessment of the standing remains.

ENDS

1st April 2014

Limerick is Ireland's sustainable travel demonstration city. But Limerick County Council needs to do more to meet its commitments under the €9.3m programme funded by the Department of Transport.

That's according to An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, which is highlighting a series of planning decisions in which Limerick County Council has failed to secure the pledges it made under Smarter Travel (see below).

26th March 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.

26th March 2014

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland and Regeneron, have identified and embraced solutions regarding sustainable workplace travel. As a result, barring any further objections, Regeneron will soon begin the major portion of the company’s proposed €220m investment in Raheen Business Park, Co Limerick. The Regeneron facility will employ 300 people and An Taisce has worked with the company on a strategy to boost sustainable transport and minimise car dependency among staff when the facility comes fully on-stream in 2016.

An Taisce has teamed up with Cyclist.ie - the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network to employ a part-time National Cycling Coordinator, thanks to funding provided by the Brussels-based European Cycling Federation. The aims of the project are:

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