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Thursday 28 September 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# An Taisce

This year
Planning permission refused for controversial change to building at Merchant's Arch in Dublin
Dublin City Council said the plans would negatively impact and further erode the variety and diversity of shops within Temple Bar’s cultural and artistic quarter.
Last year
The winning photographs from this year's Love Your Coast competition
The Love Your Coast photography competition has been running for 13 years, and invites submissions across five categories.
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.
104 Irish parks and gardens win Green Flag award
Out of 136 Green Flags awarded in Europe today, 104 were in awarded to Ireland.
Litter levels on the rise in beaches and harbours
The seafront in Bray was again praised, as was Dun Laoghaire, but Kinsale and Dingle deteriorated to ‘littered’ status.
Planning permission for build to rent scheme in Dublin refused after objections
Planning permission for the eight storey scheme near Drumcondra Road Lower in Dublin 9 was refused after objections.
Littering in Irish urban centres increased during 2021 - here are the cleanest towns and cities
PPE litter has also increased in the past year, according to the survey by a business group.
All time
An Taisce object to €98 million emergency Covid-19 extension block for Mater hospital
The Mater said the new emergency wing ‘will greatly enhance the hospital’s ICU capacity’
Kilkenny cheese plant controversy: Supreme Court to hear appeal against planning decision
Glanbia Ireland chairman John Murphy said the company remains “totally committed to this project”.
Minister O'Gorman defends An Taisce after Taoiseach weighs in on Kilkenny cheese factory
In the Dáil yesterday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin asked An Taisce not to appeal a planning application granted for a post-Brexit cheese factory.
'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms
Noteworthy finds biodiversity in a battle with some farming practices – and a low level of accountability demanded by the Department of Agriculture.
Several towns and cities lose 'clean' status amid increase in PPE litter around the country
Dublin, Galway and Limerick city centres all lost their ‘clean’ status, according to a new survey.
An Taisce releases list of 10 most at-risk buildings, including the Iveagh Markets in Dublin
The heritage charity has marked the ten important structures in Ireland as being in “a state of disrepair”.
Supreme Court rules that two provisions of Irish planning law are in breach of EU directive
An Taisce said the rulings will have a big impact on planning in Ireland.
Council failed to assess biodiverse wetlands before they were destroyed
Thousands of creatures including frogs, newts, and eels are thought to have been buried alive after silt was used to cover the site.
An Taisce appeals to block installation of temporary banners for visitor centre at front of GPO
Dublin City Council granted permission for the banners in June.
Most tourist towns cleaner than ever... but one Dublin suburb named first litter blackspot in years
Kilkenny comes out on top in the latest cleanliness survey for the group Irish Business Against Litter.
'It's unjustifiable': Demolition of 19th-century Dublin distillers structure slammed by An Taisce
The 19th century structure was converted and refurbished in the 1970s.
Fermoy declared Ireland's cleanest town
Galway City Ballybane and Dublin North Inner City came in at the bottom of the rankings, described as “seriously littered”.
'A deeply embarrassing blow': Ireland ranked worst in Europe for tackling climate change
The Climate Change Performance Index has ranked Ireland 48th out of 56 countries.
Environmental groups enraged by protected sites plan for endangered hen harrier
The groups claim that the Culture Minister’s threat response plan would see large-scale commercial conifer forestry in hen harrier protected areas.
Draft guidelines on urban development 'facilitate developers at expense of public'
The issue of height restrictions often comes up when discussing urban sprawl.
Attempt to stop Georgian house being replaced with 'crude and insensitive' apartment block
Campaigners say the possible demolition of Curragower House is “completely unwarranted”.
Ennis has been declared Ireland's cleanest town
The runners up were Roscommon and last year’s winner Kildare.
Concerns that rat poison restrictions aren't enough to protect birds of prey
From today, there are new regulations in place for the purchase of and use of rodent poisons in Ireland.
'This is about heritage and tradition': Turf cutters say the new bogs strategy won't solve the problem
The strategy includes plans to start restoration work on a number of bogs across the country.
Last Georgian mansion built in Dublin to be regenerated despite opposition
Two five-storey office blocks are to be built on either side of the house.
An Taisce appeals to block new 8-storey Dublin hotel behind Four Courts
River House, which has been called “a scourge in the local area”, is set to be demolished to make way for the hotel.
'Galway needs this': Business heavyweights back a €100m docks development
But the plans to build offices for thousands of workers have run into local opposition.
Irish Farmers Journal criticised for 'fake news' editorial on climate change
Matt Dempsey believes we should continue to up our live-stock numbers to the capacity of our land.
Bord na Móna power plant to remain open despite environmental concerns
Hundreds of jobs are safe, but concerns have been raised about the environmental impact of the Co Offaly plant.
Seanad to temporarily relocate to National Museum despite objections
The move, which is expected to cost around €1.5 million, is to accommodate renovations at Leinster House.
The National Museum has 'no spare space for vagrant Senators' (according to An Taisce)
A statement from the national trust said the museum “has no spare space for the convenience of vagrant senators”.
Forget the selfie, take a trashy pic at the beach this weekend instead
People are being asked to spend a couple of minutes picking up rubbish today.
Green activists win out in legal battle over Offaly peat-burning power plant
Enironmentalists are over the moon, unions not so much.
Should Dublin go high-rise?
An Taisce wants you to have your say.
Former president Mary Robinson is very happy with the Pope
The pope says earth is beginning to look more like an “immense pile of filth”.
International report puts Ireland as bottom of the class in global environmental ratings
An Taisce says that future generations will struggle unless our over-consumption is recognised and addressed.
Ireland imports millions of litres of used cooking oil to meet EU biofuel targets
An Taisce has branded such policies as “unsustainable”.
Get your bucket and spade: More Irish beaches get Blue Flag status
More than 76 beaches and four marinas were awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award, an increase of six since last year.