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02/03/2018

Ireland round-up: PR campaign for national development strategies in hot water; Airbnb calls ‘foul’ over planning advice

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 24 February-2 March, 2018

PR campaign for national development strategies in hot water

Sipo, the state’s ethics watchdog, has been asked to investigate whether the Irish Government’s publicity campaign to promote Project Ireland 2040 broke rules that bar civil servants from political work.

The Planner

Airbnb calls ‘foul’ over planning advice

Latest planning guidelines for short-term lettings make the country, and particularly the capital Dublin, an unaffordable destination for families, Airbnb has claimed.

Irish Times

Factory-built homes claim

Kingspan's Irish timber-frame construction arm has the capacity to produce 4,500 Irish houses a year, and off-site prefabrication is recovering faster than traditional building, chief executive Gene Murtagh has insisted.

Irish Independent

Gold strike in County Monaghan

Natural resource exploration company Conroy Gold has announced the discovery of ‘an extensive gold zone’ at its site at Clontibret in County Monaghan.

Irish Independent

College Green plaza hearing rescheduled

The hearing into Dublin City Council’s proposals for its College Green civic plaza scheme has been rescheduled for 12 March, An Bord Pleanála has announced alongside the agenda for the public inquiry.

An Bord Pleanála

Scale of rural town commuting computed

Rural areas see 75 per cent of workers commuting out of their home towns every day because there are no jobs available locally, according to official figures; 25 towns across the Greater Dublin area, Cork, Clare, Wexford, Waterford and Louth see an exodus of workers during the daytime as they flock to major urban centres for work.

Irish Independent

Donnybrook hotel plans face revision

Dublin City Council has requested revised plans from the former head of energy firm Topaz over proposals for a six-storey ‘contemporary hotel’ in Donnybrook which have met fierce opposition from locals.

Irish Independent

Dublin power plant development

Regulators have blocked the proposed closure of two power plants in Dublin next May, as the move could hit security of electricity supplies.

Irish Times

Galway gastronomy acclaimed

Galway and West of Ireland has been designated as one of two European Regions of Gastronomy for the year of 2018 – the first region in Ireland to achieve this accolade.

Galway City Council

Further delay for Cork waste project decision

An Bord Pleanála has announced on its website a further delay in its determination of the controversial waste to energy facility at Ringaskiddy, in County Cork, which is now expected ‘within the next three months’.

An Bord Pleanála

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