There were planners put over to enforcement. It's just useless management which is afraid to upset anyone. A fast food takeaway at 6 Aungier Street had two invalidated planning applications for change of use to takeaway earlier this year - refs. 2217/12 & 2512/12 - then just chucked in the idea of applying for planning permission and opened up anyway. It's a joke.
If you're writing / complaining, the person with responsibility for planning (including planning enforcement) is Jim Keoghan, Executive Manager of Planning and Development, Block 4, Floor 3, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8