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07 January 2009

Sean Dunne’s casting of himself as a victim a bit rich

Talking about the fate of Seán Dunne’s development in Ballsbridge, my county councillor father recalled a meeting of Meath County Council back in the 1970s. A councillor was pleading the case of a...

07 January 2009

Capel Street given conservation status

Capel Street is Dublin’s latest area to become an Architectural Conservation Area (ACA), bringing an end to its tacky signage and visible sex-shop frontage. Dublin City Council (DCC) will make the street a...

06 January 2009

€6m Gate Theatre development opens

The actors and director of a new production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing gathered at the Gate Theatre yesterday morning to start rehearsals in the new rehearsal room of the Dublin theatre....

06 January 2009

Plans for city subverted by height arguments

It seems almost surreal to be discussing high-rise planning policy in Dublin at a time when the construction industry is almost at a standstill; with so many newly-built apartment buildings and office blocks...

06 January 2009

High-rise areas set out in latest draft plan

Dublin City Council’s planners are to refine and clarify their latest draft policy on high-rise development before going for public consultations later this month – subject to the council’s approval. The current version...

01 December 2008

Victoria Square wins Cannes urban regeneration award

Belfast’s £400m Victoria Square shopping and leisure centre has won an international award for its impact on regenerating the city. It picked up the Urban Regeneration Initiative of the Year title at the...

29 November 2008

Titanic building ‘will be icon’

The Titanic Quarter’s centrepiece building could become as iconic to Northern Ireland as the Sydney Opera House is to Australia, it was claimed yesterday. Amid widespread welcome for the Executive’s decision to fund...

28 November 2008

Council does not have full legal title to Blackrock Park

A former PD councillor is calling on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to acquire full legal title to Blackrock Park to prevent another “Dartmouth Square situation”. Victor Boyhan said he had been pursuing the...

27 November 2008

Executive launches Titanic funds

A £97m proposal for a landmark building in the Titanic Quarter has been backed by the Stormont Executive. Work on the ‘Titanic signature project’ is to start in January. The executive said it...