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Councils must publish planning documents online within 5 days
Regulations impose time frame to ensure public access to planning applications
Local authorities are now obliged to put online planning applications within 5 days of their acceptance.
A Statutory Instrument published May 26, 2020 and signed by Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, requires that Local Authorities must ‘publish the application and all documentation accompanying the application on its internet website within five days’. read full story / add a comment
Bord na Mona warned over unauthorised peat extraction on Timahoe Bog, Co. Laois
Bord na Mona has received a second solicitor’s letter warning that ongoing continuing industrial peat extraction on its bogs is unauthorised. The new warning relates to land leased by Bord na Mona to a private operator on the semi-state body’s Timahoe Bog in County Laois. read full story / add a comment
EU Biomass Case Denied Access to The Courts
Applicants considering appeal to end burning forest wood as renewable and carbon neutral
In March 2019 applicants from six countries including the USA brought a claim stating that the EU’s 2018 Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) will devastate forests and increase greenhouse gas emissions by promoting burning forest wood as renewable and carbon neutral.
On 11 May 2020 the EU Court published an order that the applicants who have brought this case, including individuals and groups from Estonia, France, Ireland, Romania and Slovakia, do not have legal standing and that it will not therefore make a decision on whether or not the biomass provisions of RED II should be annulled. read full story / add a comment
Join the Sick of Plastic campaign for an online screening of the newly released feature length documentary The Story of Plastic available from May 12th to May 14th. Having watched the film join us at 7pm on May 14th for an Zoom webinar where we will have a panel of experts to discuss the full Story of Plastic; from fossil fuel extraction, through the many stages of plastic production and on to the noxious wastes it leaves behind, and how all of this impacts on our lives. read full story / add a comment
Sellers of plants should warn public of dangers of contaminated garden matter with Australian Flat Worm
national / environment / press release Sunday May 03, 2020 22:40 by foie 1 comment (last - saturday may 09, 2020 01:09)
Invasive Australian flatworm reaches west Cork
Sellers of plants should warn public of dangers of contaminated garden matter
The invasive Australian flatworm has reached the Beara peninsula in west Cork. Flatworms from New Zealand were first recorded in Ireland in the 1960’s but the Australian flatworm was not recorded until 1981.
Flatworms are top-level predators of soil organisms. They eat earthworms and appear to have met no natural enemies of their own in Ireland. According to the National Biodiversity Centre, the implications of its indefinite spread for the drainage and fertility of our soil ‘pose a threat to Ireland’s biodiversity and economy’. Japanese knotweed and the zebra mussels are examples of invasive species now out of control in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
Pressure mounting on forming Government to reject plans for imported fracked gas terminals from 130 groups
130 national and international groups have today written to all Irish Party leaders requesting them to remove support for fracked gas infrastructure in Ireland. The letter comes as negotiations for Government intensify and requests an explicit policy statement to be included in the next Programme for Government against the development of all new fossil fuel infrastructure in the form of LNG import terminals that could facilitate the entry of unconventional fracked gas into the Irish energy mix.
Two fracked gas terminals, or - LNG - terminals are currently proposed, in Shannon and Cork. The terminals would be developed as import hubs, allowing fracked gas into the European market from the USA where there is currently an oversupply of this controversial fuel. The terminals would play an important role in the shale gas supply chain, the market for which is currently very unstable. read full story / add a comment
On April 26th, the Dundrum Climate Vigil group celebrated one year of climate action since its first vigil took place on Main Street Dundrum on that date in 2019. read full story / add a comment
High Court to rule Friday on challenge to National Development Plan
‘Project Ireland 2040’ will lock-in fossil-fuel dependent infrastructure
The failure of the State to properly assess the impact of the National Development Plan and National Planning Framework (‘Project Ireland 2040’) and to fully examine the alternatives will be the subject of a High Court Judgment to be published electronically this Friday, 24 April, 2020.
Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] was granted leave to challenge the Irish Government’s adoption of ‘Project Ireland 2040’ in May 2018. Mr. Justice Barr presided over four days of hearings beginning on 10 March, 2020. read full story / add a comment
Climate Case Ireland, brought by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), is a legal challenge to the Irish government’s 2017 National Mitigation Plan, a key plank of the State’s climate policy. FIE argues that the government’s decision to adopt a Plan that allows greenhouse gas emissions to increase by about 10% between 1990 and 2020 (instead of decreasing significantly over this period as the government has accepted is necessary to help avert dangerous climate breakdown) constitutes a violation of citizens’ constitutional and human rights and Ireland’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / event notice Tuesday February 11, 2020 11:11 by Climate Camp 2 images 1 attached file
Who are we?
We are a new group, emerging loosely from the tradition of climate camps. We are building a movement on the island of Ireland to resist climate change and its driving force, capitalism. Capitalism is a system built on oppression and exploitation and it is causing climate and environmental collapse. We target the powerful interests that are causing the climate crisis and profiting from the current economic system. We are organising for the transformation of our communities and world into one based on equality and solidarity. read full story / add a comment
Release of Biomass Power Station records halted
€474 million in public money depended on Commissioner for Energy Regulator decision
The release of documentation concerning the Commissioner for Energy Regulation’s [CER] decision not to renew a 100% certificate of High Efficiency to Mayo Renewable Power Supply Ltd. for a proposed €255m high-efficiency biomass combined heat and power plant [HE CHP] in Killala, County Mayo was halted at the last moment by the Commissioner for Environmental Information [CEI]. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday January 08, 2020 10:58 by foie 10 comments (last - sunday february 16, 2020 10:24)
Turf cutting on protected raised bogs reported to the European Commission.
22 of Ireland’s 53 protected bogs still being openly cut breaching EU law
Ireland’s failure to protect the 53 bogs designated for protection under the Habitats Directive in 1997 has been reported to Virginijus Sinkevicius, the newly appointed Director General for Environment.  read full story / add a comment
N11 Improvement Scheme ‘undermines Climate Action Plan 2019’
Promised ‘deep level of collaboration across government’ absent from road considerations
In a submission to the public consultation on the N11/M11 Junction 4 to Junction 14 Improvement Scheme, Friends of the Irish Environment claims the proposal undermines the ‘Climate Action Plan 2019’ requirement for a ‘deep level of collaboration across government’. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday November 12, 2019 22:29 by foie 1 comment (last - friday november 15, 2019 01:47)
Industrial peat extraction at risk as EU Court triples fines requested by Commission
Ongoing weekly fine of €100,005 by EU Court highlights ‘a matter of indisputable seriousness’
An angry European Court of Justice ruled today that Ireland’s conduct shows that it has ‘not acted in accordance with its duty of sincere cooperation to put an end to the failure to fulfil obligations’ under the EU Directive on Environmental Assessment.
The Judgment arose out of the failure to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment for a windfarm in Derrybrien County Galway that led to a massive landslide on October 16, 2003 during which tonnes of peat were dislodged, polluting the Owendalulleegh River and killing 50,000 fish. read full story / add a comment
LEADING ENVIRONMENT GROUPS OPPOSE €7m DURSEY ISLAND MASS TOURISM PROJECT
Wild Atlantic Way ‘undermining quality and experience of Ireland’s wild coastal landscape’
An €7m Failte Ireland flagship project has attracted the opposition of three of Ireland’s leading environmental organisations.
An Taisce, Birdwatch Ireland, and Friends of the Irish Environment have all submitted extensive objections to the application by Cork County in partnership with Fáilte Ireland to An Bord Pleanala for a €7m development on Dursey Island off the west Cork coast.
The current 6-person cable car is to be replaced by a state-of-the-art two-way cable car system capable of carrying up to 300 people each way every hour. The project includes an extensive Visitor Centre with restaurant and gift shop on the mainland. read full story / add a comment
Minister urged to intervene to protect birds from €7m Dursey Island tourism development
Bird Study shows 30% decline in protected choughs
Minister for Arts, Culture, and the Gaeltachta Josepha Madigan, TD, has been asked to intervene on the proposed Dursey Island Cable Car and Visitor Centre Project in west Cork. read full story / add a comment
2019 is the Year of the Salmon and Salmon Watch Ireland are facilitating a workshop to discuss the present and future issues that can be addressed by interested parties to ensure that Ireland’s salmon stocks can be maintained and how we as conservationists might help to save this iconic fish. Salmon Watch Ireland will bring together experts in salmon management with an emphasis on Environmental DNA as it relates to salmon, closed and semi closed containment systems in aquaculture examining latest developments and an update on the projects involving smolt track. read full story / add a comment
UK Nuclear plant ‘delaying transition to renewable energy’
£2.9 billion increase in cost since 2017 ‘sucking up’ funds from sustainable developments
The environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have highlighted the rising cost and delays in construction of the new UK nuclear plant, Hinkley C, as ‘sucking up funds from sustainable developments’ and ‘delaying transition to renewable energy’.
FIE made a site visit last week to the nuclear construction site on the Severn Estuary in Somerset as a follow up to their complaint to the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context which led to public consultation by the UK Government on the proposed plant being extended to the Irish Republic.  read full story / add a comment
national / environment / news report Monday October 07, 2019 00:08 by Extinction Rebellion 1 comment (last - tuesday october 08, 2019 18:10) 1 image 1 video file
This is a global rebellion of the willing, from America to Scandinavia, Brazil to Australia, from Europe to The Solomon Islands we will take to the streets in protest against our governments criminal inaction on climate change.
Extinction Rebellion Ireland invites everyone to be part of this compassionate revolution. Join us as we make history. read full story / add a comment
In the High Court today, Justice Garrett Simons granted Friends of the Irish Environment's application for a judicial review striking down regulations made by Ministers Eoghan Murphy and Richard Bruton in January which exempted industrial peat extraction from the planning system and granted them a period of unlicensed operation in the EPA licensing system. The Court found that the regulations were in breach of EU environmental law and were outside the powers of the Ministers who made them. read full story / add a comment
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