From A Great Height


A dossier submitted by An Taisce in 2009 to then minister John Gormley detailed 23 planning cases where the council management’s decisions “clearly conflicted with the [Dublin] City Development Plan and/or architectural heritage guidelines”.

During the boom, it said the council “accommodated and even encouraged development proposals grossly out of proportion to their surroundings and in breach of the development plan, including several high-rise buildings within the historic city core”.

But that’s outrageous, surely?

AN TAISCE’S complaint that Dublin City Council management had “systematically disregarded” its own planning policies by approving high-rise schemes during the boom will not be investigated further by the Department of the Environment.


Inquiry into flouting of rules on Dublin high-rise dropped (Frank McDonald, Irish Times)