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Ireland round-up: Ireland’s best places competition launched; Major Irish water supply project makes a splash

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 21 April-27 April, 2018

Ireland’s best places competition launched

RTPI Ireland has launched a competition to discover the country’s best place.

The Planner

Major Irish water supply project makes a splash

Irish Water has announced that it will apply for planning permission next year for an ambitious €1.3 billion water supply project that will involve water being extracted at the Parteen basin on the River Shannon in Tipperary, before being pumped to Peamount in south Dublin for distribution across the capital.

The Planner

RTPI launches interactive board game for students

The RTPI has launched an interactive role-play board game – called Place Makers – for students aged 14-18 to get them thinking about planning and inspire the next generation to join the profession.


New land agency moves

A new government agency will buy private land adjoining existing prime sites held by state and semi-state organisations in order to assemble land holdings that will then be developed for housing, the Taoiseach has said.

Irish Times

Tenders out for M20 Cork-Limerick route design

The €1 billion M20 Cork-Limerick motorway has moved a step closer, with the government formally seeking tenders for the design of the critical route.

Irish Independent

Some councils failing on social housing provision

Housing minister Eoghan Murphy has conceded that some local authorities are not doing enough to provide much-needed social housing.

Irish Independent

Parking move for Dublin airport

The DAA is seeking permission from An Bord Pleanála to make more than 10,000 temporary car parking spaces near Dublin Airport a permanent fixture.

Irish Independent

Rural roads fund

Tourist hotspots of Kerry, Donegal and Mayo top the list of counties sharing €10 million under a scheme to repair roads and boreens, the Irish Independent has revealed.

Irish Independent

Regional intervention by Taoiseach

The Taoiseach’s office intervened shortly before the National Development Plan was published to boost the prominence of regional developments, such as a university for the south-east.

Irish Times

College Green decision delay

The unexpected length of the An Bord Pleanála appeal hearing on Dublin city council’s plans for a €10 million civic plaza at College Green means a decision on the project is not expected to be issued by the agency until August or September, the council’s head of traffic management Brendan O’Brien has said.

Irish Times

Co Offaly battery storage schemes proposed

Irish company Lumcloon Energy is to invest €150 million in two battery storage technology centres in County Offaly that will boost the use of renewable energy.

Irish Independent

Waiver for councillor planning fees

City and county councillors will no longer have to pay a €20 fee to make a submission or observation on planning applications in their electoral area or ward if the Dáil rubber stamps a Seanad decision.

Irish Times

Galway amalgamation time table proposed

The second report of the Galway Local Government Committee has recommended that the amalgamation of Galway City and County Councils as one unified local authority should take effect no later than 2021, but that the existing councils should continue for the purposes of the 2019 local elections.

Irish Government

Minister to set up fund for development of rural towns

Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring is making €15 million available for the renewal of around 200 rural towns and villages in 2018.

Irish Times