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Ireland round-up: Cork pitches for city-region status, €250m Rural Development Programme launched

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 21 March-27 March, 2015

Cork pitches for city-region status 

Cork City Council has published its proposals for the creation of a new entity that would be responsible for the area currently administered by the city council and the urban areas outside that boundary.

The Planner

Planning casework statistics

Details published by An Bord Pleanala on its website show that the percentage of normal appeal cases being dealt with within the statutory 18-week period increased to 83 per cent in 2014, after being as low as 36 per cent in 2012.

An Bord Pleanala

Government regrets use of word ‘spinning’

Use of the word "spinning" in internal government communications was “ill-advised and inappropriate”, the environment department has conceded, as it mounted a damage limitation campaign over reports that some of the figures quoted by ministers about housing supply were misleading.


€250 million Rural Development Programme launched

Expressions of interest are being invited from local groups in line for a share of a €250 million fund to tackle rural isolation, generate employment and stimulate village renewal announced by environment minister Alan Kelly and minister of state Anne Phelan.

Irish Government

New jetty, cafe and pier in €2.75m Dun Laoghaire baths refit

Dun Laoghaire's famous outdoor sea baths are finally set to undergo a long-awaited €2.75 million upgrade.


Overhead pylon plan under review

Overhead pylon plans are now under review as undergrounding costs are reckoned to be far lower than expected.


RTPI Convention: The New Politics for Planning

Bookings are now being taken for the RTPI’s The New Politics for Planning convention, which will take place on Tuesday 7 July, 2015.

Planning Convention