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Ireland round-up: Coalition hits the ground running with first carbon laws; M20 route deliberations stymies development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 18 July-24 July, 2020

Irish coalition hits the ground running with first carbon laws

The first legislation in the new Irish Government’s drive to decarbonise the economy has been passed by the Dáil and Seanad.

The Planner

M20 route deliberations stymie development

Development proposals along the route of the planned new M20 Cork-Limerick motorway have been put on hold until the precise route has been finalised, a process that could drag on into next year and which has been complicated by the corridor being widened to include a possible light rail scheme beside the motorway.

Irish Independent

Minister urges vacant homes for social housing

Housing minister Darragh O’Brien has launched a campaign targeting property owners and developers with vacant properties to make them available for use as social housing.

Irish Government

Fast-track proposal for Kilterman

Local builder Heronvale Developments is seeking fast-track permission to build 130 homes close to Kilterman village on Dublin’s southside.

Irish Times

Rollercoaster trouble for Tayto Park

Tayto Park has suffered a setback in its plans to provide a new €15.5 million rollercoaster attraction at its County Meath theme park because residents have appealed against the county council’s approval for the facility.

Irish Independent

County Monaghan mine prospects

Conroy Gold and Natural Resources has insisted that a joint venture agreement signed with Anglo Asian Mining could provide the investment needed to see gold mined near Clontibret, County Monaghan, within four years.

Irish Independent

EU funds for Dart development

The European Union has awarded Ireland an €8.8 million grant for part of the government’s Dart expansion programme, which seeks to upgrade the main commuter rail lines into the capital.

Irish Times

Boyne Greenway application submitted

Meath County Council has applied to An Bord Pleanála to carry out construction of the Boyne Greenway – the pedestrian and cycleway linking Drogheda in County Louth to Mornington village in County Meath.

Irish Independent

Dublin dives face demolition

Some of Dublin’s most popular haunts could be about to disappear now that planning permission has been submitted for a scheme to partially demolish the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street. This would also mean the demise of the nearby Globe bar and associated Rí-Rá nightclub and the conversion of the property into a five-star hotel with 125 bedrooms and a rooftop extension.

Irish Times

Limerick tenders for tall buildings strategy 

Tenders have been invited from suitably qualified and experienced multidisciplinary teams to prepare a tall buildings strategy for Limerick City.

Limerick City Council and Irish Independent