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Ireland round-up: Dublin car ban proposed, climate change advisory board appointed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 6 June-12 June, 2015

Central Dublin car ban mooted in transport strategy 

Consultation has just begun into an ambitious plan to ban cars and taxis from the centre of the capital after transport officials insisted that the road network will not cope with expected congestion by 2023. 

The Planner

Cross-border power grid project raises the temperature 

Proposals for a controversial £250 million electricity inter-connector across the Irish border are set to raise the temperature again now the Republic of Ireland’s grid operator EirGrid has submitted a planning application for the long-delayed scheme and a key environmental report on the project’s Northern Ireland section has been published. 

The Planner

An Taisce lodges objection to Green Reit’s Dawson Street plan

An Taisce, the Irish National Trust, has appealed Dublin City Council’s approval of Reit plc’s plans to demolish a landmark building and erect a six-storey office block on Dublin’s Dawson Street.


Minister Kelly appoints Ireland’s first advisory council on climate change

Environment minister Alan Kelly has named the first members of the newly established National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change.

Environment, Community and Local Government

Residents are in turmoil over new children’s hospital

Hundreds of residents living near the proposed site for the new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin have raised serious concerns about the project and its impact on traffic levels, parking and pollution. A planning application for the scheme is due next month.


National strategy to reduce lead in drinking water published

Environment minister Alan Kelly has published a national strategy to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water, which will involve a bigger drive to replace lead piping.

Irish Government News Service

Revamp of Limerick appeals to developers

The proposed Arthur’s Quay retail development, the cornerstone of the revamp of Limerick city centre, is making waves.


Funding allocation of €2.48m for Public Participation Networks announced

Environment minister Alan Kelly has announced a funding allocation of €2.48 million for so-called Public Participation Networks.

Environment, Community and Local Government