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Ireland round-up: Government considers €80m fund for urban regeneration, concerns raised over Eirgrids pylon plans

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 25 April - 1 May, 2015

Government considers €80m fund to help regenerate urban centres

A package of measures aimed at breathing new life into towns and city centres blighted by shop closures and vacant sites is to be announced by the Irish government.

The Planner

Fine Gael TDs raise concerns over pylons

A delegation of Fine Gael TDs (TDs are members of the Irish parliament) is to meet communications minister Alex White after serious concerns were raised over Eirgrid's pylon plans. Meanwhile, an independent expert group has reported that the infrastructure company has made a thorough and objective appraisal of options, including undergrounding for its controversial Grid West project.

Independent and Irish Government News Service

ESB confirms iconic Poolbeg chimneys 'to remain after demolition fears'

Power company ESB has pledged to carry out "essential maintenance work" on the iconic Poolbeg power station chimneys which Dubliners feared would be demolished.


Public bodies miss targets for reducing energy use

Public bodies have reduced the state's annual energy bill by almost €75m a year but are a long way from meeting targets to help tackle climate change and save scarce public funds, according to a new report from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).


'Golden ball' at Central Bank may be added to protected structures list

Dublin’s Central Bank plaza on Dame Street, which includes the iconic 'golden ball', could become a protected structure, it has emerged.


Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes celebrates 10 million journeys

Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes has marked a milestone with the announcement that more than 10 million journeys have now been taken on the public hire bike scheme.

Dublin City Council