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Ireland round-up: Councils warned over land purchases, plans for Dublin skyscraper

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 4 April-10 April, 2015

Watchdog ticks off councils over land purchases

A report from the Local Government Auditor has revealed that cash-strapped city and county councils continued to buy land during the economic downturn between 2010 and 2013 despite being forced to seek a bailout from the government while already possessing sites worth €2.2 billion.

The Planner

Nama and US firm plan 19-storey skyscraper in central Dublin

A US investment firm has teamed up with Nama to propose a major office and flat development - including a skyscraper - in central Dublin opposite the 3 Arena. The €200 million development includes plans for three office blocks and two apartment buildings, including one that will be 66 metres high, making it the tallest residential tower in the capital.


SDZ Docklands granted planning permission

Dublin City Council has approved planning permission for a mixed-use scheme at No. 76 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, the first consent since the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) planning regime came into force, and the first approval given by the city council as the Development Agency for Dublin Docklands.

Dublin City Council

Galway to Dublin Greenway development

Galway City Council, the National Roads Authority Galway County Council, and local authorities in Roscommon, Westmeath, Meath, Kildare and Dublin are developing a cross-country Greenway for cyclists and walkers along canals, rivers, and disused railway lines and on purpose-built cycle paths that will provide a direct link between Galway and Dublin.

Galway City Council

Ministers Kelly & Coffey to review Building Control Regulations

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government is to review the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 9 of 2014).

Environment, Community and Local Government

Government's pyrite scheme finished repairs on just five homes

New figures reveal that the government’s pyrite remediation scheme finished repairs on five homes only.