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Ireland round-up: Major Dublin housing scheme gets the cold shoulder from the city council; Land deal boost for housing sites

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 10 March-16 March, 2018

Major Dublin housing scheme gets the cold shoulder from the city council

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan has intervened to object to a 500-home fast-tracked scheme on the capital’s northside, earmarked for land by St Paul’s College in Raheny.

The Planner

Land deal boost for housing sites

Housebuilder Glenveagh Properties has announced it has acquired two ‘substantial’ land portfolios for a combined price of €106 million, which it says are capable of delivering an additional 2,235 residential units at sites in greater Dublin, County Wicklow, County Meath and Galway City.

Irish Independent

Move to curb coal use

Ireland is to join an international alliance committed to accelerating the end of coal use for power generation and domestic heating.

Irish Times

Greyhound stadium upgrades

The Irish Greyhound Board has announced plans to spend up to €12 million over the next five years in a strategy that includes upgrading the country’s main greyhound racing track at Shelbourne Park and increasing the width of the Limerick stadium track.

Irish Times

Block on Raheen biotech campus?

A sole objector is seeking to halt US biotechnology giant Regeneron’s ambitious expansion plans at its Raheen campus in Limerick with an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Independent

Dublin’s College Green plans under scrutiny

College Green could become a venue for summer beach parties and winter ice skating rinks under plans to transform it into a fully pedestrianised civic plaza currently being considered at a hearing being held by An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Independent and Irish Times

Bank of Ireland boost for student living

The Bank of Ireland has plans to fund €144 million worth of purpose-built student accommodation over next two years, with a focus on Dublin and Cork where demand is strongest.

Irish Times

Taoiseach embroiled in Co Clare wind farm planning row

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is embroiled in a row over claims that he interfered in the planning refusal of a proposed wind farm earmarked for a site close to President Trump’s Doonbeg golf resort in County Clare.

Irish Times