I have only just caught up with Simon Allford's piece (AJ 27.5.04) as I was in the west of Ireland on a regular visit. Seeing the rash of bungalows spreading over the wonderful landscape reinforces Allford's conclusion of a discredited planning system.
The notion of a pattern book is a possible one - however, the use of this on fantastic sites would need intelligent application.
As an 'outsider', but with the visual beauty at heart, I would urge Irish architects to use whatever political pressure they may be able to exert as a body to perhaps follow up Allford's suggestion of a pattern book with some planning guidance on siting, aspect and the need for sensitivity in such outstanding locations. With the RIBA conference in July, would this be a time to launch a sustainable campaign?
Desmond Williams, via email