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Ireland round-up: Ireland’s population boom; Winning bidder named for key capital development

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 24 August-30 August, 2019

Ireland’s population boom

The Irish state’s population looks set to hit the five-million mark next year – latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show it currently stands at 4.9 million.

The Planner

Winning bidder named for key capital development

Guinness-owner Diageo is understood to have lined up UK property firm U+I as the preferred bidder for its prestigious St James Gate redevelopment scheme.

Irish Independent

Sandyford homes approved

The country's largest private landlord, Ires Reit, has received the go-ahead from An Bord Pleanála to build 428 new homes at Rockbrook in Sandyford, Dublin 18.

Irish Independent

Green light for Amazon power project

Internet giant Amazon has been given the go-ahead to build a 2 kilometre-long electricity line on Dublin's northside to help power future data centre development.

Irish Independent

Electric scooter report

Attempting to ban electric scooters would be counterproductive and difficult to enforce, while regulating them could help the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a government-commissioned report.

Irish Times

Donnybrook Magdelene laundry site approved for homes

Dublin City Council has granted a developer permission to construct a complex providing 44 flats on the site of a former Magdalene laundry in Donnybrook.

Irish Independent

Dublin white-water rafting scheme resurfaces

Plans for a €12 million international standard white-water rapids rafting circuit and polo pool in central Dublin have resurfaced, despite the project being described as a “white elephant” by the city’s last lord mayor.

Irish Times