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30 January 2009

Dunne refused permission for Ballsbridge high rise

An Bord Pleanála has refused Sean Dunne’s application for permission to develop his controversial €1.5 billion Ballsbridge high rise development saying it would represent “gross overdevelopment” in the area. Mr Dunne paid €450...

29 January 2009

New Bord Gais centre should add spark to the M50

Anyone who uses Dublin’s M50 will know that it sorely needs more landmarks to overcome an overwhelming sense of disorientation, relieved only by gantry-mounted direction signs to steer motorists through an elongated maze...

28 January 2009

Giant’s Causeway centre gets go-ahead

DUP Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has finally approved the construction of a new £21 million (€22.4 million) visitors’ centre at the Giant’s Causeway. The world heritage site in Co Antrim attracts 400,000 people...

27 January 2009

Donaghy + Dimond Architects win West Cork Arts Centre

The West Cork Arts Centre is delighted to announce the winner of the West Cork Arts Centre’s Architectural Design Competition is Irish firm Donaghy + Dimond Architects based in Francis Street, Dublin. On...

26 January 2009

Oireachtas car park must go, says OPW

Plans to build an underground car park under Leinster House must be indefinitely deferred and the temporary car park on Leinster Lawn removed, the Office of Public Works (OPW) has said. Leinster Lawn,...

26 January 2009

Dome of ‘Pepper Canister’ church in danger of collapse

The dome of one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks, St Stephen’s “Pepper Canister” Church on Mount Street, is in danger of collapse because of a lack of funds to complete its restoration. The...

26 January 2009

Don’t change our historic city centre warns architect

The ‘down-at-heel’ appearance of a street in Dublin’s city centre should be retained and not given a “bland” makeover. The national heritage agency, An Taisce, has lodged objections to a number of plans...

26 January 2009

Can you help the Rossmore Conservation Group?

2008 was a good year for the future prospects of a fine mausoleum, hidden in Brown’s Wood in the midst of Rossmore Forest Park, Monaghan. The establishment of the Rossmore Conservation Group and...

25 January 2009

“˜Delay’ to 46m Liffey Leviathan was a tall story

It appears to be a giant misunderstanding. Antony Gormley, the creator of the proposed sculpture of a 46m wire man in the Liffey, claims the project has not been postponed and could begin...