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Ireland round-up: Cork rail commuting blueprint revealed; Hammerson’s Dublin Central project shapes up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 29 May-4 June, 2021

Cork rail commuting blueprint announced

Transport minister Eamon Ryan has unveiled a €184 million commuter rail plan for Cork, which he said would be ‘transformative’ for the country’s second city.

The Planner

Hammerson’s Dublin Central project shapes up

Long-awaited proposals from UK property group Hammerson to regenerate one of Dublin’s neglected sites, a 2.2-hectare plot stretching from O’Connell Street to Moore Street, have finally been lodged with the city council. Instead of an enclosed shopping centre, a more open mixed-development called Dublin Central is in prospect, which seeks to restore the historic street pattern and includes a new east-west pedestrian street between O’Connell Street and Moore Street, two new civic squares, shops, offices, flats, hotels, and an underground station for the new Metrolink rail line.

Irish Times

Google’s capital development

Google has submitted a planning application for a major 10-storey extension and redevelopment of the former Treasury building on Grand Canal Street, Dublin.

Irish Independent

Dublin Airport logistics scheme

Iput Real Estate, the Irish property developer and investment group, has paid more than €25 million to acquire 26 hectares of land close to Dublin Airport, which it plans to develop as a logistics hub for large retailers.

Irish Times

Royal Canal greenway consultation

Fingal County Council has launched a public consultation on a proposed greenway for cyclists and pedestrians along the Royal Canal in west Dublin, serving Castleknock, Blanchardstown, Clonsilla and Coolmine.

Irish Times

LDA residential tower row in Dublin 8

Proposals floated by the government’s Land Development Agency for a 22-storey residential tower as part of its latest plans for hundreds of new homes at St Teresa’s Gardens, the site of a 1950s council estate in Dublin 8, have been heavily panned by locals.

Irish Times

County Cork pioneering hydrogen project

Energy company EI-H2 has unveiled proposals for Ireland's first green hydrogen facility, a 50-megawatt electrolysis plant at Aghada, County Cork.

Insider Media

Enniscorthy new homes approved

Wexford County Council has given the go-ahead for 38 new homes and 30 flats in the Bellefield area of Enniscorthy.

Irish Independent

Sligo eyes university town status

Sligo has taken a step closer on the road to becoming a university hub now that a formal application has been lodged with education minister Simon Harris for a multi-campus Technological University based in the town.

Irish Independent

Dingle distillery development

Dingle Distillery is set to invest around €7 million in a new whiskey distillery and visitor centre in the County Kerry town.

Irish Independent

Limerick King’s Island flood protection scheme welcomed

Limerick City and County Council has welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to approve its King’s Island flood relief project.

Limerick City Council

Housing Commission chair named

Housing and local government minister Darragh O’Brien has appointed John O’Connor, due to retire shortly from his current position as chief executive officer of the Housing Agency, as chair of the Commission on Housing. The commission will advise ministers on how to improve housing supply.

Irish Government