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Two major environment and climate cases hit the High Court today

October 10th, 2017 A judicial review of Fingal County Council’s decision to extend planning permission for the development of a €320 million runway at Dublin Airport took place today. Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) sought the review in May after alleging that the Council’s decision runs contrary to Irish climate law. The second case […]

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Chief Brexit negotiator calls for safeguarding of environmental cooperation post-Brexit

October 6th, 2017 The European Parliament passed a motion this week calling for the safeguarding of Irish cross-border cooperation schemes after Brexit, including environmental issues. The motion passed on Tuesday states that the UK’s withdrawal agreement must be “fully consistent” with the Good Friday Agreement and the six areas of cooperation agreed under it, one of […]

Eco-Unesco Director is new Chair of National Dialogue on Climate Action

October 6th, 2017 Minister for Environment Denis Naughten has appointed Elaine Nevin as the new Chair of the National Dialogue on Climate Action Advisory Group. Ms Nevin has been the National Director of ECO-UNESCO Ireland, a leading Irish environmental education and youth organisation, since 2002. She has worked in the field of environmental education since […]

An Taisce and EPA launch new citizen science project

September 28th, 2017 A new international citizen science programme for schools has been launched by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and An Taisce. Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, announced the new programme – Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) – at the annual Environment Ireland conference today. GLOBE is an […]

Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change set to kick off this weekend

September 27th, 2017 The Citizens’ Assembly will hold its first meeting to discuss how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change this weekend. The Assembly, which was established in 2016, is comprised of 99 randomly selected Irish citizens who consult and make recommendations to Government on key issues in Irish society. […]

Citizens and NGOs march to demand action on sustainable development

September 25th, 2017 NGOs, activists and citizens marched in Dublin City Centre today calling on the Government to uphold its promises to fully implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Goals March was held to coincide with the second anniversary of the adoption of the SDGs by 193 governments in 2015. The 17 […]

European Parliament votes on North Sea fishing regulations

September 14th, 2017 The European Parliament today voted to give the green light to plans that could end overfishing in the North Sea and ensure more secure livelihoods for fishermen. MEPs voted in Brussels today in favour of a strong North Sea multi-annual plan (NSMAP) which aims to ensure the sustainable exploitation of demersal species […]

Leading environmental NGOs critical of Juncker’s State of the EU address

September 13th, 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker’s renewed call for Europe to lead the fight against climate change is meaningless without concrete commitment for higher emission cuts, Europe’s leading environmental NGO has said. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) was responding to comments made by the European Commission President during his State of the European Union address in […]

World Ozone Day set to celebrate success story of the Montreal Protocol

September 13th, 2017 The climate success story of the Montreal Protocol will be celebrated on World Ozone Day this Saturday with the launch of a new UN campaign to celebrate the protection of the ozone layer. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, established in […]

ECJ holds hearing on Poland’s refusal to stop logging in ancient forest

September 11th, 2017 Europe’s leading court today held its first hearing on Poland’s refusal to comply with an interim ban on logging in the protected Białowieża Forest. The European Commission referred Poland to the ECJ in July 2017 for increased logging in the forest, and called on the Court to “suspend the works immediately”. The […]