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Ireland round-up: Murphy insists that fast-track planning regime is making progress; Go-ahead for 431 Kildare homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 18 November-24 November, 2017

Murphy insists that fast-track planning regime is making progress

Developers have sought planning for more than 11,000 new homes under the new fast-track planning system, housing and planning minister for Eoghan Murphy is reported to have told a property summit in Dublin this week.

The Planner

Local context critical to planning enforcement, national conference hears 

Planning enforcement officers must have a strong understanding of the local context they are working in to be effective, a national conference has heard.


Planning ‘front and centre’ at Westminster reception

The government must provide resources and trust local authorities to build the houses this country needs, a government MP told a Westminster reception last night.


Go-ahead for 431 Kildare homes

Planning permission has been granted for 431 new homes at a site to the south-east of the town centre in Kilcock, Co Kildare.

Irish Times

Firms urge higher growth targets for Cork

The government must recognise the position and ambition of Cork as Ireland’s second city and increase its growth targets in blueprints such as Ireland 2040 and the National Investment Plan, according to Cork businesses.

Irish Times

Bord blocks Dublin nightclub demolition

On appeal, An Bord Pleanála has overturned planning permission granted by Dublin City Council for the demolition of the Howl at the Moon nightclub and its replacement with a 53-bedroom hotel.

Irish Times

Intel goes green

US technology giant Intel has become the latest multinational to cut its carbon footprint after striking a deal to power its sprawling manufacturing campus in County Kildare wholly with renewable energy.

Irish Independent

Knock airport investment

Ireland West Airport Knock is planning to upgrade and resurface its runway as part of a €15 million facilities investment plan.

Irish Times

Report claims AI could boost economy by £48bn

Wider adoption of artificial intelligence could boost Irish GDP by an additional €48 billion by 2030, according to research from PwC, which downplays the threat of widespread job losses resulting from the technology.

Irish Times

Regional strategy document published

Galway City Council has published for consultation an issues paper for the proposed regional and spatial strategy for the North and West.

Galway City Council

County Meath cement works hearing

Irish Cement’s plans to increase the amount of alternative fuels it uses at its Platin cement works in County Meath was not a move to develop a waste incinerator, the company has told a planning inquiry.

Irish Times

Call for electric vehicles and heat pumps to tackle carbon emissions

Widespread adoption of electric vehicles and deployment of heat pumps to provide heating for buildings would help tackle Ireland’s carbon emissions, according to a report published by power company ESB this week.