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Ireland round-up: Radical bus blueprint for Greater Dublin; Approval for fast-track Cabinteely housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 9 June-15 June, 2018

Radical bus blueprint for Greater Dublin

The National Transport Authority has published a blueprint designed to improve bus journey times and cycling priority along an increasing number of congested corridors in the greater Dublin area.

The Planner

Rise in students on RTPI-accredited planning courses

The number of students across the world studying an RTPI-accredited course grew by 8 per cent in 2017/18 to 4,138.

The Planner

RTPI elects new Fellow

Susan Bridge is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute following her election in June.


Approval for fast-track Cabinteely housing

A substantial 115-unit housing development in Cabinteely, Dublin 18, has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála under the government’s fast-track planning regime.

Irish Times

Dublin Dolphin Park deal

Developer Belgrove Homes is buying a parcel of land at the Dolphin Park GAA ground in Dublin where it hopes to build about 150 flats.

Irish Independent

Portobello hotel permission concern

Planning permission has been granted by city planners for a new €40 million 178-bedroom hotel at Portobello in Dublin despite opposition from comedian David McSavage and other residents.

Irish Independent

Bord Gais Energy powers up

Bord Gais Energy (BGE) has unveiled a joint venture, €100 million plan with Mountside Partners for a series of power projects across Ireland: a 100-megawatt (MW) combined cycle gas turbine plant at Monksland, in Athlone, County Roscommon, and two 100MW battery storage schemes near Kilkenny and Cahir in County Tipperary.

Irish Independent

Massive job losses claimed if airport development restrictions remain

As many as 17,000 jobs will be lost unless restrictions on the development of a second runway at Dublin Airport are relaxed, claims the new chairman of the airport authority, banker Basil Geoghegan, in a submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Transport.

Irish Independent

Capital Magdalene laundry site sell-off ruffles feathers

A proposal to sell an old Magdalene laundry site in the capital to a Japanese hotel chain for a mixed-use development, including social housing, is expected to face serious opposition when it comes before councillors next month.

Irish Times

Donnybrook flats fight

Residents in the Donnybrook suburb of Dublin want developer Avestus Capital Partners to ditch an €80 million scheme including a seven-storey block of flats.

Irish Times

North Dublin coastal erosion threat

Engineers have been brought in to help fight the serious coastal erosion in north Dublin that is threatening seaside properties.

Irish Times

Murphy says housing moving in the right direction

Housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy has insisted that new housing supply was moving in the right direction, claiming that the latest official figures showed that more than 18,000 new homes were made available for use last year (a mix of new-build and vacant and previously unfinished properties).

Irish Government

Monaghan gold mine boost

Natural resource exploration company Conroy Gold has announced plans to increase drilling at its gold deposit site in Monaghan.

Irish Independent