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Ireland round-up: Revised wind farm guidelines published; Varadkar announces his cabinet line-up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 10 June-16 June, 2017

Biomedical research lab wins RTPI award

The Francis Crick Institute has won the RTPI’s Silver Jubilee Cup at the institute’s 2017 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

Revised wind farm guidelines published

The Irish Government has announced the long-awaited major revision of guidelines for wind energy developments.

The Planner

Varadkar announces his Cabinet line-up

Incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has unveiled his first cabinet, promoting housing and planning minister Simon Coveney to foreign affairs (which includes leading on Brexit negotiations) and replacing him with Eoghan Murphy, who played a central role in Varadkar’s campaign for the Fine Gael leadership.

Irish Independent

RTPI Ireland welcomes new planning minister

RTPI Ireland has welcomed the appointment of Eoghan Murphy as the new minister for housing, planning, community and local government.


State fund to back €30m social housing rental scheme

The Irish Strategic Investment Fund is backing a €30 million rental scheme set up by property players Bill Nowlan and Frank Kenny in its first move into social housing.

Irish Times

Hundreds of much-needed new homes snapped up by investors

Hundreds of new homes, built to ease pressure for first-time buyers and those hoping to move, are being snapped up by investors, according to new data.

Irish Independent

Architect backs taller Dublin buildings

As debate about height restrictions for Dublin buildings intensifies due to the city's housing shortage, leading architect Kevin Rohe has claimed Dubliners have nothing to fear from a shift to taller buildings.

Irish Independent

Varadkar should delay adopting ‘inadequate’ climate change plan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar should delay the adoption of an inadequate and unambitious national plan that aims to address climate change, a new campaign group has said.

Irish Times

Residents in affluent Dublin suburb vow to ‘fight back’ against ‘high-density’ developments

Foxrock village in Dublin is facing an ‘existential threat’ from several proposed high-density developments that will cause ‘irreversible damage’ to the area, a residents’ group has claimed.

Irish Independent

State’s €140m plan ‘will not solve’ Cork’s flooding problem

The €140 million Office of Public Works flood relief plan for Cork will not solve the long-term problem of flooding in the city, according to an expert in climate and coastal science.

Irish Times

House building ‘delayed by lack of water treatment’

A lack of water treatment is delaying the construction of much-needed new homes around the Republic, builders have warned.

Irish Times

Board of An Bord Pleanála appointments announced 

The administration has announced five new appointments to the Board of An Bord Pleanála.

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Further consultation for O’Connell Street

Limerick City and County Council is holding another round of public consultation over the reimagining of O’Connell Street, Limerick's premier thoroughfare.

Limerick City & County Council