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Ireland round-up: North Irish Sea offshore wind farm looms, bypass to give €90m boost to town

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 4 July-10 July, 2015

North Irish Sea offshore wind farm looms

Two wind farm developers, Oriel Windfarm and Gaelectric Holdings, have announced that they have signed a deal to co-develop a significant wind farm in the north Irish Sea, designed to kick-start Ireland’s stalled offshore renewable energy programme.

The Planner

Government launches South West Action Plan for Jobs

The government has launched its South West Action Plan for Jobs, a strategy that targets key sectors like agri-food, tourism, life sciences, manufacturing and ICT, as well as high-potential emerging sectors like multimedia/content and the green economy, energy and marine.

Irish Government News Service

Customer Survey Results

An Bord Pleanála, which is upgrading its systems to allow for online submission of appeals and other transactions, has published the key outcomes from its earlier customer survey about the initiative.

An Bord Pleanála

Bypass ‘will give instant €90m boost to town’

A town on Ireland’s busiest non-motorway primary road has claimed a bypass will deliver an immediate €90 million economic benefit.


Dun Laoghaire harbour cruise ship plans go on display for public

Proposals for a controversial cruise-ship facility at Dun Laoghaire harbour are facing choppy waters.


‘Transport Trends 2015’ outlines progress being made while identifying where improvements are needed - Donohoe

The Department of Transport has published an overview of transport trends for 2013 that highlighted a drop in walking trips, down from 16 per cent to 15.4 per cent compared with the previous year, and the fact that only 1 per cent of the land transport budget - €14 million - was invested in sustainable transport options.

Department of Transport

Residential house building falls by 50pc

Housing starts fell 51 per cent year-on-year in the first four months of 2015, according to consultancy firm Link2Plans latest National Housing Construction Index.


Mussel power helps Trump win battle with wind farm

Billionaire mogul Donald Trump has won his battle against plans for a giant wind farm near his Doonbeg golf course - thanks to a little-known freshwater pearl mussel.


Cork prepares Draft Development Contribution Scheme (pdf)

Cork Cork City Council has prepared a Draft Development Contribution Scheme for 2015/2016 that is now the subject of consultation.

Cork City Council