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Ireland round-up: Cross-party parliamentary report calls for climate change action; Go-ahead for Carrickmines retail park

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 13 April-19 April, 2019

Cross-party parliamentary report calls for climate change action

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action has formally launched a landmark report designed to frame climate policy in Ireland for the next 15 years.

The Planner

Go-ahead for Carrickmines retail park

Plans for a €75 million retail park at Carrickmines in south Dublin have been given the go-ahead by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, despite concerns being raised by two state transport agencies about the impact of the scheme – which includes restaurants, flats and leisure facilities – on the M50.

Irish Times

Battery storage projects mooted

German energy group Innogy has announced proposals to spend about €100 million in building battery storage plants with a combined capacity of 100 megawatts in counties Dublin, Meath and Monaghan.

Irish Times

Intel chip facility questions answered

The way is now clear for Intel to get approval for its planned €3.53 billion chip-making facility at its Leixlip plant after it replied to all the requests from Kildare County Council for further information about the scheme.

Irish Independent

Capital cycling decline

The number of cyclists commuting into Dublin city has dropped for the first time in nearly 10 years, with cycling groups citing bad weather and the new Luas Cross-City as the cause.

Irish Independent

North Dublin housing fast-tracked

A company linked to Celtic Tiger builder Bernard McNamara has been given the go-ahead under the fast-track planning regime for a €40 million residential development delivering 110 build-to-rent flats at the site of the well-known Swiss Cottage pub in Santry, north Dublin.

Irish Independent

Poolbeg towers proposals

Developer Harry Crosbie has proposed that Dublin City Council should build a lookout tower similar to the Guinness Store House at the listed Poolbeg towers.

Irish Times

Limerick tourism blueprint

A new blueprint for tourism has highlighted that the total number of visitors to Limerick city and county could reach 1.1 million a year by 2023, generating more than €360 million in revenue and creating 1,500 new jobs.

Limerick City Council

Donnybrook spat over new homes

Plans by Pembroke Partnership Ltd to develop a flatted complex on the site of a former Magdalene Laundry in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, are facing opposition.

Irish Times

Dublin inner-city lift-off?

Proposals to make the north inner-city area of the capital more welcoming are beginning to bear fruit, according to a feature in the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent and We are Dublin Town