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Ireland round-up: Construction activity on the rise; reduced social housing quota set to encourage building

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 29 August-4 September, 2015

Construction activity on the up in Ireland

The recovery in Ireland’s once moribund construction sector is being felt across the Republic, a new report from the Building Information Index highlighted this week.

The Planner 

NAMA sold land for 11,000 homes, but only 700 built

NAMA has sold enough residential land to hold thousands of new homes in Dublin, but hardly any have been built so far, the state’s bad bank chief executive is reported to have told an investors’ conference.


Ryanair traffic threat to airport over low-cost second runway

Ryanair has stepped up pressure on the operators of Dublin Airport to make a decision on a second runway. 


Minister Coffey signs new Building Control Regulations for single dwellings houses and extensions

New regulations that ease the Building Control regime for single dwellings and domestic extensions came into force this week.

Environment, Community and Local Government 

Regulation of Lobbying Act commenced - Howlin

The Regulation of Lobbying Register came into effect this week. Communications with public officials or representatives regarding the zoning or development of land must now be recorded. The guidelines clarify that communications seeking factual information from a local authority is not lobbying.

Irish Government News Service

Cairn Homes ready to spend €120m on development sites

Shares in Cairn Homes rose this week after the company announced that it was assessing new residential development sites worth as much as €120 million in Dublin, Galway and Meath.


Reduced social housing quota set to encourage building

A significant increase in house building is expected in coming months as builders take advantage of new, reduced requirements for the provision of social housing.

Irish Times