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Recent Events

Previous Events



Open Forum - The Big Picture: Challenges for Planning and Planners

13 June, Cork

Featuring presentations from Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive RTPI and Brendan O'Sullivan, University College Cork

Assessment of Professional Competence Workshops

15 May, Dublin.

Presentations and discussions on the Licentiate, Associate and Experienced routes to  RTPI Membership by Hilary Lush, Senior Membership Officer, RTPI

Open Forum - The National Planning Framework

14 March 2017, Dublin

Featuring a presentation from John Downwy, Downey Planning and discussion informing  RTPI Ireland's submission.


Annual Law Lecture

10 October, Dublin

The lecture included presentations on  current isseus in planning law from

  • John Downey, Downey Planning
  • Garrett Simons SC

Open Forum - The Limerick 2030 Economic and Spatial Plan Experience

14 June 2016, Limerick

This event looked at Limerick City Economic and Spatial Plan is a model and the challenges and the potential solutions it embarced to revitalise our cities and town centres? It included a presentation on:

  • Overview of the Limerick 2030 – Spatial and Economic Spatial Plan -Vision, Challenges and Deliverables - Liam Conneally, Snr.Planner, Economic and Spatial Planning Department,  City and County Council

 and a discussion with

  • Dr James Ring, CEO, Limerick Chamber of Commerce
  • David Humphrey Director, ACP Group (Conservation Professionals)
  • Mr Michael Tiernan- Inner City Property Developer

Planning for Housing: Barriers and Opportunities

24 May 2016, Dublin

This conference explored what planners can do to stimulate development by providing different perspectives from experts in the field covering issues such as affordable housing,design, financing, infrastructure and land assembly. It will allow for discussion what can be done to balance the needs of delivering large numbers of new housing whilst creating quality and sustainable homes and places. Presentations included

  • A Planning System to Deliver Housing -Niall Cussen, Principle Planner, Department of Community, Environment and Local Government
  • Stimulating Development  - Planning as a Solution? -Conor Skehan, Chair, Housing Agency
  • Delivering at the Sharp End – a local perspective -Pat Doyle, Chief Executive, Peter McVerry Trust
  • The Economic Perspective - Colm McCarthy, University College Dublin

Open Forum  - National Planning Framework

10 February, Dublin

We organised a Planning Policy and Regulation Open Forum for members to discuss the Planning Bills. 


Study Visit to Scotland: Learning from the Scottish Planning Framework

14 and 15 September 2015, Edinburgh & Glasgow

Speakers' presentations:

  • Nikola Miller, Policy and Practice Officer, RTPI Scotland - An Introduction to Planning in Scotland
  • Fiona Simpson, Assistant Chief Planner, Scottish Government - National Planning Framework 3
  • Ian Angus, Manager, SESPlan - Strategic Development Plans in Scotland
  • Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, Planning Aid Scotland - Planning Aid 
  • Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbansim, Architecture + Design Scotland - walking tour


Planning Law Update: 50 Years of Planning in Ireland

1 October 2014

Wood Quay, Civic Offices, Dublin

Speakers' presentations and papers;

Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and Overseas Opportunities Seminar

Wednesday 28th March 2012
Dublin Chamber of Commerce, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2

Copies of Guest Speakers' Notes available here:

RTPI Ireland 70th Anniversary Conference - Building Bridges, Planning for strategic infrastructure development

Wednesday 12th October 2011, Dublin 9:30-4:30

This conference addressed the key issues that face the planning and development of strategic infrastructure on the island of Ireland, five years since the development of the Act.Since the commencement of the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006, the most critical, complex, and often controversial, development, deemed to be of strategic importance to the State, and often having an all-island dimension, is now planning-led. This requires a careful and pragmatic balancing of strategic need and technical performance with public and stakeholder input, environmental issues, and legal requirements. 

For more information please see the programme

Lecturers Notes from RTPI Ireland's Appropriate Assessment Seminar 14th April 2011

Following our very successful seminar on Appropriate Assessment in Dublin on the 14th April 2011 we are please to offer the seminar slides which accompanied the seminar's three lectures:

For more details on any of these events please contact