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Ireland round-up: Covid-19 knocks back social housing schemes; Tallaght hotel proposal submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 2 October-9 October, 2020

Covid-19 knocks back social housing schemes

Irish minister for housing and local government Darragh O’Brien admitted this week that Covid-19 was having a significantly adverse impact on the provision of social housing both in terms of households helped and the provision of new units.

The Planner

Tallaght hotel proposal submitted

A company linked to the McGettigan family, known for its group of hotels and pubs, has applied for planning permission to develop a hotel on the site of the former Embankment pub in Tallaght, County Dublin, which would include both a 129-room hotel and three aparthotel buildings providing 45 flats.

Irish Independent

High-speed rail study

The governments on both sides of the Irish Border have agreed to progress a feasibility study into high-speed rail connectivity between Derry, Belfast, Dublin, Limerick and Cork.

Northern Ireland Executive

Marine habitat degradation warning

Some of Ireland’s most important protected marine habitats are experiencing “serious deterioration, and in some cases outright destruction”, a report by the Irish Wildlife Trust has warned. The scale of damage prompted the environmental group to lodge a formal complaint with the European Commission.

Irish Times

Wexford development approved

The owners of The Crown Bar have been given the green light to proceed with a major new extension that’s set to transform the face of Wexford’s Monck Street with a replacement four-storey licensed premises with a bar on the ground floor and accommodation above. 

Irish Independent

Dublin hotel change of use bid rejected

Dublin City Council has rejected Johnny Ronan’s change-of-use bid to put offices in place of the hotel he has planned for the 23-storey tower his company is developing on Tara Street in Dublin 2.

Irish Times