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Ireland round-up: Finance minister boosts capital spending on infrastructure; Council approves plan to build 2,000 homes in Ballymun

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 8 July-14 July, 2017

Finance minister boosts capital spending on infrastructure

Finance minister Paschal Donohoe has insisted that the state would be able to commit €500 million in additional capital spending on economic and social infrastructure in each of the years between 2019 and 2021.

The Planner

RTPI elections open for nominations

Nominations for a number of RTPI board places, including for the General Assembly and the Board of Trustees, are now open.

The Planner

RTPI looking for volunteers

The RTPI is recruiting RTPI dialogue members for its accreditation boards, as well as chairs and representatives for its partnership and accreditation boards.

RTPI website

Council approves plan to build 2,000 homes in Ballymun

Dublin City Council has approved a new local area plan for the high-rise suburb of Ballymun, which includes proposals for 2,000 more new homes as well as better infrastructure and employment opportunities.

Irish Times

Hibernia Reit chief’s plan to ease Dublin housing crisis

Hibernia Reit chief executive Kevin Nowlan has called for the introduction of new building codes geared specifically towards the construction of rental residential accommodation to help alleviate Dublin’s housing crisis.

Irish Independent

Housing crisis to escalate over next five years, academics warn

The housing crisis has not yet peaked and is likely to escalate over the next five years, a Maynooth University study just published has warned.

Irish Times

First climate mitigation plan since 2007 to be published next week

The first major deadline of the government’s Climate Change Act has been missed, with early indications that a second key target for later this year may also be missed.

Irish Times

Fears that iconic building may face demolition after arson devastation

An iconic Cork building, which was badly damaged in a suspected arson attack, may have to be demolished, say experts.

Irish Independent

Views sought for Cork’s newest city centre bridge

Cork City Council is seeking views on the city’s newest river crossing, the proposed €3.5 million pedestrian and cycle bridge opposite Harley Street.

Cork City Council

Developers can build with expiring planning under new bill

Emergency legislation to extend planning permissions for major housing schemes was due to be debated and passed in the Dáil this week.

Irish Times