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Planning Law Update

50 Years of Planning Law

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 at 5:00PM - 8:00PM
The Venue (Dublin Civic Offices), Wood Quay, Dublin 8
RTPI Members : €20
RTPI Members €20; Students and unwaged €10; Non-Members: €25

The Irish planning system came into operation on 1 October 1964 and, to commemorate the first half century of planning in Ireland, the Institute is holding a seminar.


17.00       Arrival and registration

17.15       Welcome and Introduction - Marion Chalmers, Chair, RTPI Ireland

17.25       Current Government Policy Developments in Planning - Niall Cussen

17.35       The 1963 Planning Act and Subsequent Legal Milestones - Berna Grist

18.05       Current Issues in Planning Law - Garrett Simons

18.55       Q and A

19.15       Drinks reception


Niall Cussen

Mr. Niall Cussen is currently Principal Adviser (Planning) in the Water and Planning Division of the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government.  He has particular responsibility for national spatial planning and regional development matters, addressing unfinished housing developments, the Dublin Housing Task Force and also leads the Department’s Planning Advisers in progressing both the Department’s and the wider Government business agenda in so far as they relate to planning and related matters.  Mr Cussen possesses qualifications in economics, regional and urban planning and environmental engineering from Maynooth University, UCD and TCD and is a member of the Irish Planning Institute. 

Berna Grist BL

A barrister and chartered town planner,  Dr. Berna Grist co-edited the “Irish Planning Law Factbook” with the late James Macken SC and is the author of “An Introduction to Irish Planning Law”.  As Senior Lecturer in the School of Planning and Environmental Policy at UCD, she has published widely in the fields of planning and environmental law, public policy and governance.  During the period 2001-2006, she served as a Member of An Bord Pleanala and she is currently a Member of the National Transport Authority. 

Garrett Simons SC

Garrett Simons is a Senior Counsel specialising in public law, with a particular interest in environmental, planning and property disputes. He is the author of "Planning and Development Law" (Thomson Round Hall, 2007). Garrett has previously lectured in both the King's Inns, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin.  Prior to commencing practice at the bar, Garrett worked as judicial research assistant for the High Court and Supreme Court


Cost payable on entry

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