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Ireland round-up: Approval for key power transmission project upheld in Dublin court; Short-term lets that flout planning law will be tackled, says Murphy

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 19 August-25 August, 2017

Approval for key power transmission project upheld in Dublin court

The High Court in Dublin has upheld planning approval for the southern section of the North-South electricity interconnector proposed by transmission company EirGrid.

The Planner

Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald writes to Cork citizens 

Cork’s mayor has written an open letter to the city’s residents stressing the need for boundary changes and a bigger city to improve strategic planning and ensure sustainable economic growth for the country’s second biggest conurbation.

Cork City Council

Short-term lets that flout planning law will be tackled, says Murphy

Housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy has pledged to enforce breaches of planning laws by landlords who abandon long-term letting in favour of short-term lets using Airbnb.

Irish Times

Cycling pilot launched in Dublin

Dublin City Council has invited cyclists to take part in an innovative smart light pilot scheme that will connect more than 500 cyclists across the capital and gather a wide range of data that city planners can use to improve cycling infrastructure and policy.

Dublin City Council

Limerick transport strategy starts

Limerick City and County Council, in partnership with The National Transport Authority, has started work on a new integrated transport strategy for the Limerick City region.

Limerick City and County Council

‘Floating’ accommodation for students being explored in Galway

A Galway property management company is exploring the possibility of providing ‘floating’ accommodation for university students on two barges docked in Galway.

Irish Times

€20 million Dublin council housing estate to be built in Ballyfermot

A €20 million estate of more than 60 council houses and flats is to be built by Dublin City Council in Ballyfermot, more than eight years since a regeneration project for the site was shelved.

Irish Times

Call for Iveagh Markets to be returned to Dublin City Council

Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffed has said the deal agreed 20 years ago for the redevelopment Dublin’s Edwardian Iveagh Markets must be scrapped now that permission for the scheme has lapsed.

Irish Times

€75m plan to roll out compressed natural gas filling stations

Gas Networks Ireland is planning a €75 million investment to roll out filling stations for compressed natural gas vehicles.

Irish Independent

Shannon Airport in line for €1m flood defence payment

Shannon Airport is set to receive a special €1 million payment from the Exchequer to help protect it against flooding, provided the move meets EU state aid rules.

Irish Independent

Ronan firm in push to gain permission for large projects

Developer Johnny Ronan has launched a renewed bid to secure planning permission for two landmark developments in Dublin and Wicklow.

Irish Independent 

Employment survey published

Companies supported by Enterprise Ireland, IDA and Údarás na Gaeltachta reported full and part-time employment of more than 409,041 jobs in 2016, accounting for 31 per cent of total business employment in Ireland.

Irish Government