Ian Lumley

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A spokeswoman  for Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys said the Minister “was not consulted in advance and she had no role in the decision-making process” on the sale of the Beit paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The decision by the trust that runs Russborough House to sell valuable paintings in London to raise funds was presented as a “done deal” to Minister f(...)

The An Bord Pleanála debate over the ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, continued on Friday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ESB headquarters in Georgian Dublin is “categorically” not on the city council’s inventory of late 20th-century buildings considered for preservat(...)

An aerial view of Galway Harbour.

Shannon Foynes port has rejected claims by Galway Harbour Company that there are “no viable alternatives” to its €126 million expansion plan.“The fact(...)

Galway Harbour: Fears about the impact of the development on fragile stocks of wild Atlantic salmon, European eel and birdlife were also expressed by Inland Fisheries Ireland and Birdwatch Ireland

Galway could experience more severe storm surges and flooding than the city is already exposed to if its port is extended southwards, an oral hearing(...)

The stable block and chapel of Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Why is it of interest? Charleville Castle is an extravagantly proportioned Gothic Revival castle, built by Francis Johnson between 1800 and 1812 for (...)

An Taisce heritage officer Ian Lumley: “Our legislation has hugely improved. But good planning requires leadership at city and county level.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

During the property bubble years the planning system, among so many other areas of public life, proved dysfunctional. A trip through the Border counti(...)

Aldborough House, Portland Row, Dublin 1

Why is it significant? Aldborough House is the second-biggest Georgian private residence in Dublin, surpassed in size only by Leinster House. Bui(...)

Hazelwood House outside Sligo town, originally built for Owen Wynne in the early 18th century

Travel through almost any county in Ireland and you’ll find signs of historical dereliction. In some cases, it will be boarded-up shops and emp(...)

Dan Cruickshank  visiting the Georgian Quarter  on a visit to Limerick City this week. Photograph: Sean Curtin

Dan Cruickshank and Ian Lumley are leaning over a Georgian railing in the Sunday morning sun looking at, what to many would seem, a random conc(...)

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