Category Archives: Environment

Dealing with planning, natural environment, heritage and Dublin Bay. This category also contains blogs on Killester, the area I live in Dublin.

killester’s legion hall update

Legion Hall, Killester, photo courtesy Patrick Hugh Lynch M.Lit

An Bord Pleanala have now given the go ahead for developing and building on the green space in Killester.  The development involves demolishing the old Legion  Hall, known locally as the Judo Hall, and the loss of considerable green open space, and building a commercial creche.

The astonishing aspect of this planning decision is that the area is zoned amenity, we have adequate childcare in Killester, and a similar application was turned down earlier last year.  Another feature of this area is that there are established rights of way across the green space.

For full details on the planning history see planning application no 3841/10, Site at Middle Third Terrace, and Abbeyfield, Killester, Dublin 5.  This site has been the focus of much planning activity for a number of years now, residents want to keep the green space in the between Middle Third and Abbeyfield, and argue that the zoning for the area should not allow a development of this type and scale. Continue reading

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why are fairer societies also better at protecting the natural environment?


Why is it that some of the more equal societies are also better at looking after the environment?  Is it equality in itself that brings a greater care for environmental protection, or it is the other way around?  Do strong environmental policies by their very nature necessitate political and societal reforms that bring about a fairer distribution of resources?

The authors of Spirit Level’, Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett, highlighted the links between equality and environmental sustainability.  Although their evidence focused on a narrow area of activity, if one looks at EU measurements on compliance it is noticeable how the equal societies identified by Wilkinson and Pickett are also good at implementing EU policy on the environment.  This theme of social justice and environment policies is developed by George Monbiot.  In his article ‘Cold Hearted’ he alerts readers to fuel poverty in the UK and makes a strong case for the need for ‘perfect synergy’ between climate change and social justice policies. Continue reading

Irish Sea Region

The Dublin Regional Authority is leading the way on an important initiative for the Irish Sea Region.

The project involves Belfast, Merseyside the Isle of Man, University College Cork and the North West Development Agency in the UK, all are committed to developing a strong Irish Sea regional grouping.

A regional policy emphasising the importance of protecting marine ecology whilst developing economic links will also benefit Dublin Bay. Read more here

Questions must be asked over Dublin City Council’s attitude to planning in Killester

Our local paper, The Northside People, covered the Legion Hall planning victory story with good quotes from all involved. The full An Bord Pleanala report is worth a read, especially regarding the planning history linked to the site and the inspectors opinion on the social, cultural and historical relevance of the Legion Hall.

Legion Hall Killester Planning Victory

Legion Hall, Killester, photo courtesy Patrick Hugh Lynch M.Lit

More great news! An Bord Pleanala have overturned the decision of Dublin City Council to grant permission to this application, to demolish the old Legion Hall and build on open green space in Killester’s Middle Third and Abbeyfield.

Congratulations to all the locals and residents groups who supported the campaign against the application.

The development would have involved demolishing the old Legion  Hall, known locally as the Judo Hall, and the loss of considerable green open space.   The astonishing aspect of the planning decision granted by Dublin City Council is that the area is zoned amenity, we have adequate childcare in Killester, and a similar application was turned down earlier last year.  Another feature of this area is that there are established rights of way across the green space. The green was designed in the 1920s as part of the Demesne, Middle Third and Abbeyfield scheme to house ex army service-men and their families.  For some reason in the early 1960’s the Hall and sourounding area passed into private ownership.

Plan to infill Dublin Bay rejected

Great news yesterday, Dublin Port’s application to infill Dublin Bay was turned down by An Bord Pleanála. Well done to the Dublin Bay Watch and Clontarf Residents Association, their legal teams, and especially Bird Watch Ireland for their strong evidence delivered at the Oral Hearing by Siobhán Egan. Also congratulations to the National Parks and Wildlife Service who mapped and designated the site as an important wild bird habitat.Read more about Dublin Port’s plans here…

Water charges, flooding, leaking pipes –

Water will be one of the major challenges facing Ireland. An example of the controversy surrounding this issue was the poor and un-coordinated response to dealing with flooding last winter.

Controversy too surrounds the recent discussion around water charges triggered by Minister Gormley’s announcement that the government will introduce metering as a means to conserve water. However charging households for water usage only deals with end use control and will not protect water source and quality. The cost alone of building the infrastructure necessary to meter households will be a major headache, and will only just go towards paying for this costly resource. Continue reading