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South Dublin council to overturn data centre ban; CRU to set up offshore wind unit

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Offshore wind: the CRU said it would set up a unit to deal specifically with offshore wind energy

Council to comply with ministerial order to overturn data centre ban

South Dublin County Council is to comply with the government’s order to scrap its plan to effectively ban data centres, ending the possibility that limits could be put on their development in the region despite opposition from several councillors.

Danny McLoughlin, the council’s chief executive, has recommended that the council change the zoning of data centres to “open for consideration” in its draft development plan – ending a decision taken by councillors to zone them as “not permitted”.

Offshore wind division to be set up at energy regulator

A new division of the utilities regulator is to be established to deal specifically with offshore wind energy, the chair of the Commission of Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has said.

Aoife MacEvilly was appearing in front of the Oireachtas Committee on Environment earlier today to discuss Ireland’s energy security. She warned that delays in building new grid infrastructure and planning delays were threatening Ireland’s ability to deliver on its ambitious electricity carbon reduction targets.

Nearly 40% have no pension in place as cabinet approves plan to keep retirement at 66

Close to 40 per cent of Irish consumers have no pension in place, new research has suggested, raising “concerns” over people’s financial wellbeing in retirement.

The survey, from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, was released on the same day the government agreed a plan to keep the state pension age at 66, rather than 68.