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Ireland round-up: Irish planners call for investment in local authorities; Ireland’s longest bridge officially opened

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 25 January-31 January, 2020

Irish planners call for investment in local authorities

RTPI Ireland and the Irish Planning Institute have called on the next Irish Government to devote adequate investment to the planning service.

The Planner

Ireland’s longest bridge officially opened

What is now the longest bridge in Ireland has been officially opened following a ceremony in County Wexford.

The Planner

Be a planning radical at The Planner Live

Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for four RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

Chamber warns of capital homes shortfall

The capital needs at least 14,000 new homes annually – double the current rate of construction – to help house an expected extra 400,000 residents in the coming decade, according to Dublin Chamber.

Irish Independent

Glenveagh ups building rates

Glenveagh Properties will build 2,650 more homes than it had originally expected between 2022 and 2024, the company said in a trading update this week.

Irish Times

Report highlights regional inequalities

A new study has warned that Ireland’s northern and western regions face being left behind in a “two-speed economy” because of lack of investment

Irish Independent

Hunt on for Bord chief officer

An Bord Pleanála has begun the hunt for a new chief officer to be responsible for the strategic management, development and oversight of the functional aspects of the agency.

An Bord Pleanála

Thumbs up for Citywest flats for the capital

An Bord Pleanála has dismissed third-party appeals and given the green light for a scheme that will deliver 290 flats at Citywest in Dublin despite opposition to the plan by retail giant Dunnes Stores and residents.

Irish Times

Michelin chef wins planning battle with Dublin City Council

Michelin star chef Ross Lewis has emerged victorious in his battle with Dublin City Council over an outdoor seating area structure for his Osteria Lucio restaurant on Grand Canal Dock. The council had refused the project, but An Bord Pleanála has allowed it on appeal, against the recommendation of its own inspector.

Irish Times