An Taisce

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An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland
Motto Working for a Better Quality of Life for Now and Future Generations
Formation 1948
Type Non-governmental organization
Purpose Environmentalism
Headquarters Tailors' Hall
Location Dublin
President
Professor John Sweeney
Director
James Nix
Chairperson of the Board
John Harnett
Website [1]

An Taisce (Irish pronunciation: [an̪ˠ ˈt̪ˠaʃcə], meaning "the store" or "the treasury"), also known as the National Trust for Ireland, was established in 1948. It considers itself the oldest environmental and non-governmental organisation in Ireland. It has a wide ranging public interest mandate in relation to the environmental. The organisation also holds a similar mission to that of the National Trust in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger was its first President.

It is not a state or semi-state organisation. However, it receives government funding for specific programmes (such as Blue Flag beaches, Green Schools and the annual National Spring Clean)].

Brief[edit]

The Planning Acts provide for An Taisce and about 20 other prescribed bodies to be informed of all planning applications in areas of scenic beauty or high amenity significance; where architectural, archaeological or environmental issues need to be considered. Local authorities are required, in certain defined circumstances under the Planning & Development Regulations,[1] to consult An Taisce on development proposals. Therefore its range of expertise extends across Ireland's natural, built, and social heritage. It seeks to educate, inform, and lead public opinion on the environment; to advocate and influence policy; and manage heritage properties. It has recently taken a strong stand against the government and Royal Dutch Shell's plans to build an inland natural gas refinery in Erris (see Corrib gas project).

Operations[edit]

The organisation is split into three operational divisions:

  • The Environmental Advocacy Unit monitors roughly 5% of all planning (local authority development consent) applications made annually making submissions on a small number of those received and appealing about 300 applications a year to An Bord Pleanála, the statutory planning appeals board. The Advocacy Unit also monitors environmental standards and co-ordinates policy formation from the elected advocacy committees amongst the membership.
  • The Trusteeship Unit takes ownership of and looks after properties that have either historical significance or are environmentally sensitive. The properties listed below are taken care of by both professional staff and volunteers who are involved with the day-to-day management of income generating properties such as Tailors Hall (also available for private hire for weddings) and the restoration of important resources such as the Boyne Navigation.

Structure[edit]

The organisation comprises over 5,000 members; annual individual membership is €45. They are organised into 15 local organisations and these report to a 50-person Ruling Council. The Council elects a board of management and other policy committees, including:

  • Natural Environment Committee
  • Built Environment Committee
  • Heritage Gardens and Designed Landscapes Sub-Committee
  • Transport Committee
  • Waste Committee
  • Economics Committee

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