2017 report warned of risk to users of polluted Haulbowline Island

May 15th, 2019 A public park is set to open on Haulbowline Island despite warnings in a 2017 report that chemical contamination at the island’s former steel site has the potential to cause risks to users of a future park. Now home to the Irish Naval Service, Haulbowline formerly housed Irish Steel in the centre […]

Legal action in Colombia against ESB coal supplier

February 27th, 2019 A lawsuit launched against the ESB’s coal supplier in Colombia heightens the urgency for the semi-state to divest from buying coal from the South American country, an Irish human rights group has said. Last week indigenous and afro-descendent communities in the state of La Guajira – one of the poorest regions of […]

Office of An Bord Pleanála Photo: Rwxrwxrwx

Plastic factory permission contrary to proper planning, finds inspector

December 7th, 2018 On Monday, An Bord Pleanála (ABP) granted permission to Daly Products Ltd to construct a plastic factory in Poundlick, Skibbereen, Co Cork. The judgement, postponed twice during the summer, was long-awaited by those who had appealed the County Council’s original approval of the proposed facility. The Board’s decision prompted dismay among members […]

Calls for ESB to explain large coal imports from controversial Colombian mine

September 21st, 2018 The Oireachtas environment committee has rejected calls to summon the ESB to appear before it over its importation of millions of tons of coal from a Colombian mine linked to human rights and environmental abuses. In a letter sent this week, four development and environmental NGOs – Latin American Solidarity Centre (LASC), […]

BREAKING: Records of Cabinet discussions released for first time

September 20th, 2018 The Department of the Taoiseach has released records of Cabinet discussions for the first time after it lost a legal battle over the release of climate change-related documents. The historic release is in relation to an Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) request made by the campaign group Right to Know (R2K) for […]

Large-scale peat extraction at Westmeath bog an ‘ecological disaster’

September 17th, 2018 One of Ireland’s largest peat harvesting companies stands accused of the unlicensed stripping of peat from a bog at a site in Co Westmeath currently subject to court proceedings. According to Friends of the Irish Environment (FiE), Harte Peat has been excavating wet peat at an alarming speed and scale at the […]

Some councils to trial alternatives to controversial glyphosate

August 24th, 2018 Earlier this month, a San Francisco court ordered Monsanto to pay out $289m to a terminally ill man after a jury unanimously agreed that the giant agrochemical company was responsible for causing his cancer. The cause of plaintiff Dewayne Johnson’s cancer, the jury determined, was exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in […]

Dredging works in the Bandon River Photo: Ecofact

The Bandon: A river under heavy construction

August 24th, 2018 For Simon Toussifar, the Bandon River is a link back to the past. The west Cork artery river, a significant source of Atlantic salmon, was a childhood fishing haunt for the keen angler. It has been some time, however, that Toussifar and other recreational fishing folk have been able to seek out […]

Up in Flames: Data reveals extent of wildfires across Ireland this summer

July 26th, 2018 The recent heatwave has had a devastating impact across the globe. Abnormally high temperatures and a lack of rainfall have led to drought conditions and a spate of forest fires across Europe, even in the Arctic Circle. The Greek government declared a state of emergency last week as the spread of wildfires […]

Sky lantern festival set to go ahead in Kildare despite drought conditions

July 27th, 2018 An event involving the release of lit sky lanterns is set to go ahead in Co Kildare next month despite continued drought conditions across the county and concerns over environmental impacts. The Lights Fest is set to take place on 11 August at Mondello Park in the heart of the countryside and will involve […]