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Ireland round-up: O’Brien sets out his stall on social housing; Approval for fast-track Cabinteely flats

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 4 July-10 July, 2020

O’Brien sets out his stall on social housing

Darragh O’Brien, Ireland’s new housing and local government minister, used a debate in the Dáil this week to set out his social housing priorities.

The Planner

New strategy celebrates work of RTPI volunteers

An important new strategy has today been launched by the RTPI with the aim of celebrating the support and involvement of the institute’s volunteers.


Approval for fast-track Cabinteely flats

An Bord Pleanála has approved fast-track planning permission for 234 flats to be built on the site of the former Doyle’s nursery on Brennanstown Road in Cabinteely.

Irish Independent

Mallow homes refusal appeal

An appeal over Cork County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a 95-home development in Mallow is to go before An Bord Pleanála. 

Irish Independent

Wexford developments prompt objections

Residents in the south end of Wexford town are contesting proposals for a total of 70 flats complete with underground/basement parking in two separate developments close to each other.

Irish Independent

Dublin Merrion Row demo paused

Dublin City Council has put on hold proposals by Aviva to demolish a building housing the famous Unicorn restaurant on Dublin’s Merrion Row to make way for a six-storey complex providing flats and a new restaurant, which the council contends constitutes an overdevelopment of the site.

Irish Independent

Turf-cutting troubles

Ongoing turf cutting affecting one third of Irish bogs is contributing to the “shocking degradation” of the country’s peatlands, reveals a 10-year research report.

Irish Times

Planning regulator launches online resource 

The Office of the Planning Regulator has developed and launched a new online resource that brings together a broad range of planning-related research material, training materials and the OPR’s planning library in one central location.

Office of the Planning Regulator

County Kilkenny cheese factory approved

Glanbia Ireland’s plans for a €140 million cheese manufacturing facility on a 10-hectare site near the Port of Waterford in County Kilkenny have been approved by An Bord Pleanála following an appeal against the development by An Taisce, Ireland’s National Trust.

Irish Independent

Community projects picked for Limerick’s Georgian quarter transformation

Five projects led by community leaders have been selected by Limerick City and County Council as part of a programme to reimagine Limerick’s Georgian quarter with innovative schemes involving advanced energy technologies, new tree planting and improved streetscapes. 

Limerick City Council