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Ireland round-up: social housing, DDDA

Words: Roger Milne

Round-up of planning news in Ireland: 6-12 September, 2014

Government allocates €23m to improve social housing

Alan Kelly, the Republic of Ireland’s Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has announced the allocation of €23 million capital funding to some 31 city and county councils to undertake improvement works for social housing.

The Planner 

Cabinet could block plan for cuts in property tax

Election promises by councillors to cut property tax by up to 15 per cent are in serious doubt in the wake of a government decision on how to fund local authorities, which will have implications for local authority spending on development projects. Local council areas that raise the most property tax will get millions of euros taken from them to subsidise other counties where property tax revenues will not be enough to fund services.


Former Docklands chair refuses to appear at PAC

The former chairperson of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) is refusing to appear before the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Professor Niamh Brennan said she fears the committee's work has become "unfairly and inappropriately adversarial and personalised". PAC members are eager to hear from Prof Brennan in order to conclude their investigations into the €412 million Irish Glass Bottle site débâcle, which has so far cost the taxpayer €52 million.


Launch of "Archaeological Excavations at South Main Street 2003-2005"

Cork City Council has published a book on the large-scale excavations at two locations in South Main Street during 2003-2005, which have yielded important information about the formation and development of Cork City. The excavations were undertaken as a result of planning conditions for the redevelopment of the two sites involved, which are close to one of the main entrances to the medieval walled city of Cork.

Cork City Council