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# An Bord Pleanála

Opinion: We could improve our planning law - instead the public is being excluded
The draft Planning and Development Bill 2022 is a solution in search of a problem, say Alison Hough and Gavin Elliott.
23rd March 2023
# baldoyle
An Bord Pleanála refuses planning permission for over 1,000 north Dublin apartments
Planning permission for 173 residential units for a site near the Co Meath border was also refused.
Last month
February 2023
# Metrolink
Owner of Woodies DIY object to Dublin Metrolink over 'unacceptable' impact on business
It’s been argued that the proposed works will permanently damage trade and severely impact the customer experience at the store.
This year
# planning reform
Government wants to make judicial reviews 'a waste of time' as part of planning law changes
The Planning and Development Bill will introduce changes to the way judicial reviews are brought.
# Planning
Housing Minister appoints new Deputy Chair of An Bord Pleanála
Chris McGarry replaces Paul Hyde as the deputy chairperson.
Last year
# system change
Staff 'demoralised' at crisis-ridden An Bord Pleanála, says watchdog
The planning regulator has made 23 recommendations in its report.
Taoiseach says overhauling planning laws 'essential' to delivering climate and housing targets
TDs also raised concerns about the Planning and Development and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill today.
# planning overhaul
Q&A: New planning laws and the controversy over residents groups
A potential coalition clash is brewing, with a number of Green Party members uneasy with the proposed changes.
# Executive Decisions
Cabinet approves international surrogacy policy proposals with aim of giving 100s of families a 'route to recognition'
A busy Cabinet session also saw Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien bring draft laws to overhaul Ireland’s planning system.
# planning reform
Strict timelines on judicial review times and who can take them in major planning overhaul
The draft bill will also see An Bord Pleanála reformed and changed to An Coimisiún Pleanála.
# Courts
Permission for Meath data centre is breach of neighbour's constitutional rights, court told
Mannix and Amy Coyne claim An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for the centre is flawed and should be set aside.
# The O'Rahilly
Construction firm ordered to pay €3,000 over ‘technical breach’ in O'Rahilly house demolition
The building was once home to 1916 Rising leader Michael Joseph O’Rahilly.
# cabinet appointment
Justice Department's Oonagh Buckley appointed as interim chair of An Bord Pleanála
It comes less than a month on from the retirement of Dave Walsh as chairperson.
# bessborough
Planning permission sought for apartment buildings on site of former Mother and Baby Home
The burial place of 859 children who died at the Co Cork home is unknown.
# dave walsh
An Bord Pleanála chair to retire early on family grounds following tumultuous period for board
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien will move to appoint a new chairperson.
# Herbert Park
Prosecution for developers who demolished 1916 O'Rahilly house to be 'resolved'
The house was bulldozed in September 2020 to use the site for a 12-storey apartment and hotel development
# Mater Hospital
Mater Hospital gets green light for nine-storey Covid expansion despite An Taisce objection
The hospital has said the development will increase its ICU capacity.
# emergency power
Government formally submits application for second emergency power station in Dublin
The proposed Huntstown facility is expected to provide approximately 50 megawatts to the Irish grid.
The proposed Huntstown facility is expected to provide approximately 50 megawatts to the Irish grid.
EirGrid has predicted that Ireland will face electricity shortages over the next ten years.
Electricity demand is expected to rise, particularly with the increase in number of data centres in Ireland.
Bríd Smith: Expansion of data centres is not going to help our serious energy woes
EirGrid raises concern over 'significant' electricity supply issues
# Housing
Housing Minister says planning applications should not be decided by courts
Darragh O’Brien also said that people need to stop objecting to planning applications for housing developments.
# An Bord Pleanála
Report says An Bord Pleanála in need of 'urgent reform' as government adopts recommendations
The report includes 11 recommendations aimed at restoring public confidence in the Board and ensuring effectiveness in the planning system.
# Metrolink
Planning application submitted for 'ambitious' Dublin Metrolink
While the ‘precise’ cost of the project is not yet known, the ‘central’ estimate is €9.5 billion.
# An Bord Pleanála
Pierce Brosnan joins 'Save the Boyne' campaign against wastewater dumping in river
A decision was due on the appeal today but has been delayed.
# Planning
Sinn Féin's Ó Broin calls for urgent reform of An Bord Pleanála amid ‘deep, deep crisis’
The housing minister outlined steps being taken to address issues at the planning body in the Dáil today.
# An Bord Pleanála
South Dublin County Council votes no confidence in An Bord Pleanála
A motion was brought forward by Cllr Liam Sinclair yesterday.
# Limerick
Appeals board green light Aughinish Alumina expansion despite environmental concerns
An Bord Pleanala have denied that any environmental issues are likely.
# Data Centres
Appeal lodged against two new data centres in Clondalkin, despite local ban
The project was initially approved by South Dublin County Council in early August.
# bessborough home
Campaigners 'outraged' over plan to build 420 apartments on Bessborough mother and baby home site
Plans were lodged with An Bord Pleanála earlier this year by Estuary View Enterprises.
# An Bord Pleanála
Planning regulator launches further review of An Bord Pleanála following controversy
The review will be carried out by senior counsel Conleth Bradley.
# An Bord Pleanála
Appeal lodged over development of €100 million solar farm near Punchestown Racecourse
There had previously been objections from multiple stakeholders in the horseracing industry.
# planning matters
Timeline: How the An Bord Pleanála controversy went from the Dáil to the DPP
The report by senior counsel Remy Farrell has also been sent to Sipo and the gardaí.
# Planning
Minister refers An Bórd Pleanala report to Director of Public Prosecutions
The report by Remi Farrell SC looked in to a number of decisions made by An Bórd Pleanala.
# An Bord Pleanála
Housing Minister receives report into alleged conflicts of interest at An Bord Pleanála
It comes just weeks after Deputy Chair of An Bord Pleanála, Paul Hyde, resigned.
# Trinity College
Trinity get go-ahead for 358 new student beds despite objections from local residents
Criticism of the location of the student accommodation has arisen, with residents saying it goes against the “spirit” of the local area.
# An Bord Pleanála
An Bord Pleanála fully recognises reputational damage caused by recent allegations, says chair
former deputy chairperson of ABP, Paul Hyde, resigned over the weekend.
# Public Accounts Committee
Public Accounts Committee to examine financial statements of An Bord Pleanála
The planning body received €19.2 million in Exchequer funding in 2020 and recorded a net deficit of €2.6 million the same year.
# An Bord Pleanála
Deputy Chair of An Bord Pleanála resigns amid investigation into alleged conflicts of interest
A spokesperson for the Department of Housing confirmed that Paul Hyde had resigned.
# Planning
ABP controversy has potential to erode public confidence in planning system, says professional body
The Irish Planning Institute says review must be completed ‘thoroughly and without any undue delay’.
# Courts
High Court challenges brought against planning permission for 1,000 homes in Dublin
The actions relate to planning permission granted by An Bord Pleanála for residential units in Leopardstown and Walkinstown.
# Planning
Inquiry into An Bord Pleanála's deputy chair to review three planning decisions
Senior counsel Remy Farrell has six weeks to carry out his report.
# An Bord Pleanála
Terms of reference being finalised for An Bord Pleanála decisions review, says Taoiseach
Paul Hyde has temporarily stepped back from his role as two separate probes into his decisions continue.