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Ireland round-up: Dublin council gives nod to three controversial developments; Murphy survives censure motion in Dáil

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 30 November-6 December, 2019

Dublin council gives nod to three controversial developments

Dublin City Council has this week approved three major projects – all of which have proved contentious.

The Planner

Murphy survives censure motion in Dáil

Housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy survived a motion of no confidence in the Dáil this week. Had the motion, critical of the minister’s handling of the country’s housing crisis, been passed it would have triggered a general election.

Irish Times

Green power measures

Ministers have approved measures designed to stimulate more renewable energy projects, chiefly wind and solar, by setting up an auction of green power capacity with guaranteed prices for successful companies that would also have to contribute to an obligatory community benefit fund.

Irish Government

Green light for capital co-living

Dublin City Council has approved planning permission for its first co-living residential application – a 132-bedroom scheme on Hill Street in Dublin 1.

Irish Independent

Greystones public realm blueprint published

A new town square, revised parking, a coastal boardwalk and removal of overhead cables are some of the proposals for a new ‘public realm’ blueprint for Greystones in County Wicklow.

Irish Times

Cork County Council loan deal boost

The European Investment Bank has signed a €35 million loan deal with Cork County Council. The money will be used for infrastructure and public spaces, flood protection and drainage, broadband and business incubation as well as climate change initiatives.

Irish Independent

Studio space plea

Studio space for Ireland's television and film industry needs to be treated as strategically important infrastructure, according to culture minister Josepha Madigan.

Irish Independent

Citizens call for MetroLink extension to Firthouse

More than 20 residents associations in the capital have called for the proposed MetroLink to be extended to Firthouse in south-west Dublin.

Irish Independent

Flats approved to replace bowling alley

Developer Kennedy Wilson has secured approval from An Bord Pleanála to build 232 luxury flats in blocks of up to eight storeys on the site of the Leisureplex bowling alley in Stillorgan.

Irish Times

Height increase of office tower can go ahead

Dublin City Council has consented to Marlet Property Group’s proposals to increase the height of the 11-storey office block it is developing on the site of the former Apollo House to 21 storeys.

Irish Times