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Ireland round-up: Cork shopping centre redevelopment makes the grade; Green light for giant Leixlip chip production facility

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 18 May-24 May, 2019

Cork shopping centre redevelopment makes the grade

The €100 million redevelopment of one of Ireland's oldest shopping centres has been given the go-ahead by An Bórd Pleanála following an unsuccessful appeal by Cork residents.

The Planner

News report: ‘Boys’ club’ culture is holding back women in planning, research suggests

A widespread boys’ club mentality is limiting women’s opportunities in the workplace, new research by the RTPI suggests.

The Planner

RTPI announces new chair for its Board of Trustees

Sue Bridges FRTPI has been elected as the new chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees.

The Planner

Green light for giant Leixlip chip production facility

Kildare County Council has given the green light to proposals from chip giant Intel for its planned new €3.53 billion manufacturing fabrication facility at its Leixlip plant, but the approval is subject to an appeal.

Irish Independent

Dún Laoghaire cruise ship terminal ditched

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has abandoned plans to construct a controversial €30 million berth for cruise ships in the south Dublin suburb.

Irish Times

County Wicklow fishermen blues

Fishermen in Greystones, County Wicklow, have claimed they are unable to land catches following a €300 million redevelopment of the local harbour for housing and a marine leisure quarter.

Irish Times

Dismay over Dublin distillery demolition

The demolition of a 19th-century distillery structure has stoked anger among heritage campaigners in the capital.

Irish Independent

Tipperary ‘Blueway’ launched

A new ‘Blueway’, consisting of 53 kilometres of walking, cycling and water sports trails has been launched along the River Suir in County Tipperary, running from Cahir to Carrick-On-Suir, passing through Clonmel.

Irish Times

Co-ahead for Connacht Rugby’s Galway Sportsground redevelopment

Connacht Rugby has been granted detailed planning permission for the €30 million redevelopment of the Galway Sportsground, a project that involves both a new stadium for the club and a new greyhound racing track.

Irish Times

Hefty broadband bill is result of poor rural planning?

The Irish Planning Institute has pointed out that part of the reason the state is facing a €3 billion bill for providing national broadband is because it has allowed so many one-off new homes in isolated positions over the past 30 years – a policy which is now costing Ireland dear.

Irish Planning Institute

Park opens in Cork

Cork’s 70-hectare Tramore Valley Park, developed on the site of the former Kinsale Road landfill, has opened. It provides walkways and trails, an all-weather events/amenity area, a grass pitch, an international standard BMX Track, an outdoor gym, a sports pavilion, a wetlands zone and a raised dome area giving panoramic views of the city, east and west.

Cork City Council