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# planning - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Plans to establish independent planning regulator under Mahon Tribunal terms

Jan O’Sullivan said it was now a matter of deciding whether an entirely new entity should be created or if the current system should be adapted.

# planning - Tuesday 1 January, 2013

Column: 8 ways to change your life in 2013

Want to make a fresh start this year? Margaret Mara offers some tips on how to go about it.

# planning - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Column: Property tax risks worsening problems Ireland already has

A conventional property tax has many disadvantages against a site value tax, writes Judy Osbourne.

# planning - Friday 16 November, 2012

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Liberty Hall: SIPTU disappointed at planning refusal, while An Taisce seeks review

SIPTU is left disappointed as An Bord Pleanála turns down an application to rebuild Liberty Hall – while An Taisce says reviews are needed.

An Bord Pleanála refuses permission for new 23-storey Liberty Hall

The planning authority says the proposed multistorey would be “unacceptably dominant in the city”.

# planning - Thursday 18 October, 2012

€5 million funding planned for local The Gathering events - and more to come

Fine Gael Mayo Deputy Michelle Mulherin said the funding is great news which will help people in planning community activities during the event.

# planning - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

Mixed response to Hogan's plans for local council cull

Political parties criticise plans to do away with town councils, but the response of others is a little more enthusiastic.

Significant reforms will see planning powers of councillors curtailed

Minister Phil Hogan said he wanted to remove the possibility of councillors abusing their power.

# planning - Monday 15 October, 2012

Only two counties see increase in planning applications in 2012

Only Donegal and Leitrim have seen more planning applications lodged in the first eight months of 2012 than in 2011.

# planning - Wednesday 26 September, 2012

From The42 Qatar not opposed to hosting winter World Cup Planning

Qatar not opposed to hosting winter World Cup

Hosting the competition in November would mean the club seasons would have to be postponed for over a month.

# planning - Wednesday 18 July, 2012

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Poll: Should the Oireachtas be allowed to investigate the bank guarantee?

Two Oireachtas committee are vying for the chance to investigate the bank guarantee four years ago but should politicians be allowed to scrutinise the decision in the first place?

# planning - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Number of planning permissions down almost two-thirds in a year

CSO figures show that the number of housing units approved in the first quarter is down almost 95 per cent on five years ago.

# planning - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Opposition dismisses 'whitewash' report on councils' planning inquiries

Jan O’Sullivan’s report on irregularities in seven county councils came a day before a Dáil vote on resuming them.

# planning - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

Planning review finds deficiencies but no evidence of wrongdoing

The Green Party, whose former leader John Gormley announced the review in 2010, said it “beggars belief” that all seven councils came out of the report “squeaky clean”.

# planning - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

Barrister whose ad led to Mahon Tribunal nominated to the High Court

Colm MacEochaidh, a former Fine Gael general election candidate, has been nominated to the High Court by the government.

# planning - Thursday 31 May, 2012

Dublin Docklands Development Authority to be wound up, says Hogan

Minister says C&AG’s “damning” report on the DDDA means a standalone authority is no longer “a viable vehicle”.

# planning - Monday 21 May, 2012

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The Daily Fix: Monday

Your nightly round-up of the day’s biggest news stores…

# planning - Thursday 10 May, 2012

Minister satisfied State boards appointment process is "fair and transparent"

Deputy Jan O’Sullivan made the comments in response to a question from Deputy Mick Wallace. His question came after a report found that there are issues regarding transparency in appointments to State boards.

# planning - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Details of redesign for National Children's Hospital announced

The new plans suggest the hospital should be built on the Mater site but that the height of the complex should be reduced to six storeys to comply with requirements.

# planning - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

New guidelines for retail planning could pave way for hypermarkets

The guidelines will allow for larger superstores and supermarkets to be built in Ireland.

# planning - Friday 27 April, 2012

Minister proposes to strengthen building control system

Phil Hogan has released new proposals to strengthen building controls – saying the failings in building quality “which have been a regular occurrence for homeowners and tenants in recent years” should not be repeated.

# planning - Thursday 26 April, 2012

Planning Institute: 'Do we have too many planning authorities?'

The question was posed by the president of the Irish Planning Institute this morning, who also said that any reform in the planning system needs to be matched by political reform.

# planning - Tuesday 24 April, 2012

Mahon whistleblower James Gogarty left with €1m legal costs

James Gogarty incurred legal costs of over €4.5 million for Mahon – but the State was only willing to cover €3.56 million.

# planning - Monday 23 April, 2012

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know on this Monday morning…

‘Serial planning objector’ appointed to An Bord Pleanála Exclusive

Questions raised over impartiality of new board member due to past planning appeals but Environment Minister Phil Hogan is “happy” with the appointment of Greenstar founder director Dr Gabriel Dennison.

# planning - Wednesday 18 April, 2012

"Unbalanced, ambiguous and biased" - Donegal Council hits back at An Taisce

The report by An Taisce said Donegal was the worst county in Ireland for planning – but Donegal County Council says the report generalised too much.

# planning - Tuesday 17 April, 2012

Column: Spending public money - where's the master plan?

Former trader Nick Leeson has an idea to sort out the State coffers – get a bunch of hard-nosed business people to assess the waste and root out value for money.

# planning - Monday 16 April, 2012

Bad planning contributing to Irish obesity levels - An Taisce

An Taisce’s comprehensive report suggests urban sprawl means more time in cars or transport – and less time physically active.

The Daily Fix: Monday

All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.

Taisce: Absence of local tax saw councils approve too many developments

The national heritage organisation says councils allowed over-development in order to cash in on new commercial rates.

Ennis: "Some of the most senseless zoning excesses of Celtic Tiger"

Co Clare farmer sold 48 acres for €18.8m – but it was located on a flood plain. But Ennis wasn’t the only place where there were attempts to build on floodplains…

Ireland is Crap at Planning Map of the Day

The at-a-glance report card for local authorities’ planning departments. Not ONE scored an ‘A’ or a ‘B’.

The 9 worst councils in Ireland's planning system

An Taisce has rated planning systems in 34 city and county councils. Nine of them got an ‘F’ grade.

# planning - Thursday 12 April, 2012

The Daily Fix: Thursday

All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.

# planning - Wednesday 4 April, 2012

"Significant progress" made in tackling Celtic Tiger-era planning - Minister

Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan said significant progress is being made in tackling the legacy of Celtic Tiger-era planning.

# planning - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Action on planning inquiries 'could help stop another property bubble'

An Taisce said alleged irregularities at seven councils had not yet been properly investigated.

# planning - Monday 2 April, 2012

The 9 at 9: Monday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

# planning - Friday 30 March, 2012

Criticism of planning investigations 'a smokescreen' says Minister

Junior Minister Jan O’Sullivan strongly rejected claims that it has not cancelled planning inquiries.

# planning - Thursday 29 March, 2012

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…