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Ireland round-up: Nama set to become key housing development agency?; Kelly defends proposed merger of Cork local authorities

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 19 September-25 September, 2015

Nama set to become key housing development agency?

Land taken over by the state during the banking crash will be freed up to build new homes as the Irish government seeks a solution to the country's property crisis.

The Planner 

No wind turbines within 600 metres of homes as Cabinet clash over proposals

The government's highly anticipated planning guidelines for the wind energy industry prohibit the construction of high-powered turbines within a kilometre of towns and villages, the Irish Independent claimed this week, as it highlighted a cabinet row between environment minister Alan Kelly and energy minister Alex White over the proposals.


Kelly defends proposed merger of Cork local authorities

Environment minister Alan Kelly has defended the proposed merger of Cork City and Cork County local authorities in the Dail as the former confirmed it would challenge the prospect in the High Court.

RTE News

Day two of ploughing championship draws record crowd

The government has announced a €30 million initiative - called the Village and Town Renewal Scheme - to improve rural areas hit by the economic downturn.

RTE News 

Minister Donohoe announces redesign of DART Underground project

Transport minister Paschal Donohoe has confirmed that the planned €3 billion DART underground project, which has cost €40 million so far, is being scrapped in favour of a scaled-down version.

Irish Government News Service

Donald Trump plans 3km boulder wall

American billionaire Donald Trump wants to place thousands of tonnes of boulders along a stretch of the Irish Atlantic coast prone to erosion to stop the ocean blowing away his Doonbeg links course, a move involving planning permission for a feature that will change a 2.8 km stretch of the Doughmore beach.

Belfast Telegraph