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RTPI Ireland runs a range of events to support your learning needs. We run an annual conference and a number of seminars and in the autumn as part of the RTPI Presidential visit we organise an annual dinner open to all members.We are always looking for new ideas and suggestion for events so please get in touch with us on or on 08925 15649 if there are topics you would like to see covered. 

Forthcoming Events 

Annual Law Seminar 2018

Monday 8 October 2018  in The Venue, Wood Quay, Dublin


On Tuesday 2 October, Garrett Simons SC was nominated by the Government for appointment to the High Court.  Consequently, he cannot be available to speak at the Law Seminar and the lecture on Current Issues in Planning Law will be given by Rory Mulcahy SC


5.00 pm           Arrival and Registration

5.30 pm           Welcome and Introduction – Marion Chalmers, Chair, RTPI Ireland

5.40 pm           Principles of the 2018 Planning and Development (Amendment) Act - Eamonn Kelly MRTPI

6.20 pm           Current Issues in Planning Law - Rory Mulcahy SC

7.05 pm           Discussion/ Q&A

7.30pm            Drinks Reception

8.30pm            Departures


Rory Mulcahy

Rory Mulcahy is a Senior Counsel, dealing mainly with commercial, construction and planning disputes, and public law cases. He has also acted frequently for regulatory authorities, such as the Medical Council and the Nursing Board, in fitness to practise inquiries.  

He studied at Trinity College, Dublin, before taking the Barrister-at-Law degree at the King's Inns. He also holds an LLM in Human Rights and Discrimination Law from Queen's University, Belfast, and a Diploma in Arbitration from University College, Dublin. He was called to the Bar in 1998 and was made a Senior Counsel in 2014.  

Eamonn Kelly

Eamonn Kelly is a Chartered Town Planner and qualified Solicitor with extensive professional planning experience in both the public and private planning sectors in Ireland. Eamonn has recently been appointed Principal Officer for Environmental Planning Policy in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, having previously been a Senior Planning Adviser in the Department's Forward Planning Section. Eamonn is Ireland's representative on the European Commission's Group of EIA / SEA National Experts.


RTPI Members €25 | Students & unwaged €12.50 | Non-Members €30

Book a place at

or by contacting Catherine Bolster on or 08925 15649

RTPI Ireland Annual Dinner 2018

Thursday 15 November, The Hibernian Club, 9 St Stephens Green, Dublin


The RTPI Ireland Annual Dinner will take place on 15 November at the Hibernian Club, St Stephens Green, Dublin.  Guests of Honour are Damien English TD, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development and John Acres MRTPI, President of RTPI.  The dinner will see the announcement of Ireland's Best Place and the presentation of student prizes to the three Irish Planning Schools. The evening is also a great opportunity to network with colleagues from public, private and education sectors to discuss planning issues and get an update on RTPI.  

The dinner begins with a drinks reception at 7.00pm, followed by a three course dinner with coffee and half a bottle of wine per person. The bar will be open afterwards for further networking.

RTPI Members €75.00 | Students & unwaged €35.00 | Non-Members €85.00


Book a place at this link: or by emailing or phoning 089 251 5649

Dress Code:    Business attire.  Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie.

Recent Events

Open Forum: The National Regeneration and Development Agency

19 June 2018 in Narative 4, 58 O'Connell St, Limerick

This was a free event for RTPI Members. It explored what the proposed new National Regeneration and Development Agency could look like. What should it's priorities be? How should it work? What added value can it bring? How should it relate to local authorities and other local organisations? After presentations there was the opportunity for discussion to allow members to share their views.  Speakers included

Open Forum: Linking National and Regional Planning in a New Context

8 May 2018 in the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, 22 Merrion Square North, Dublin

The new National Planning Framework has been introduced recently. At the same time Regional Assemblies and the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies are in their infancy. But how will these relate to one another?  And what needs to be done to make ensure that they complement one another? This Open Forum looked at the issues they raise and allowed members to discuss how the implications for the profession.  It was an opportunity to hear about some of the challenges and opportunities we face and to shape how RTPI responds to them.

Annual Law Seminar 2017

Monday 9 October, The Venue, Wood Quay Dublin

Featuring presentations on Strategic Housing Developments: an overview of the provisions contained in the 2016 Planning Act by Eamonn Kelly MRTPI and Current Issues in Planning Law by Garrett Simons SC

Planning Across Boundaries in a Changing Context

24 October 2017, Ballymascanlon Hotel, Dundalk

A Joint RTPI Ireland and RTPI Northern Ireland event

The onset of Brexit, relatively new arrangements on planning in Northern Ireland and the development of a new National Planning Framework in Ireland present challenges and opportunities for planning across the border nationally and locally.This conference will explore the anticipated implications North and South of the Border. What will it mean for strategic infrastructure projects? How will Councils on the border be affected? How will transboundary applications be handled? What are the wider sector consequences? Full details here.




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