President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Trump resort refused permission for Doonbeg wall

March 18th, 2020 The Doonbeg golf resort owned by US President Donald Trump has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála to build a controversial rock wall along the coast over environmental concerns.   Trump International Golf Links Ireland Enterprises Limited (TIGL) applied to install two coastal defence structures 1km long in an effort to […]

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Legal challenge to Project Ireland 2040 opens today

March 10th, 2020 A legal challenge to the Government’s adoption of Project Ireland 2040 on grounds of climate change concerns opens today in the High Court. Last May, the High Court granted leave to Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) to challenge the adoption of Project Ireland 2040, a €116 billion plan designed to guide the […]

Live exports ‘unlawful’, animal rights groups warn Minister

March 4th, 2020 European and Irish animal welfare groups have called on the Minister for Agriculture to halt the approval of live exports of young calves that they say are in breach of EU law. In a joint letter sent to Michael Creed on Monday, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), Ethical Farming Ireland and Eyes […]

Abbeyleix Bog, Co Laois Photo: Niall Sargent

Plans for quarry beside Abbeyleix Bog put on hold

March 4th, 2020 Laois County Council has requested further information on a proposed new quarry close to Abbeyleix Bog that environmentalists argue will impact the nature site in the heritage town. In January, Booth Precast Products Ltd applied for planning permission for a new sand and gravel quarry on 8.5 hectares of land on the […]

Cork ‘earth protector’ granny found guilty of stealing Coillte timber

February 28th, 2020 A grandmother charged with illegally felling conifers in a Coillte forest beside her home in west Cork was convicted of stealing timber worth €500 at the Cork Circuit Criminal Court this afternoon. Sionad Jones of Maughnaclea, Kealkil was found guilty of a charge related to the dishonest appropriation of wood and admitted […]

Climate Case Ireland team addressing media at the High Court Photo: Niall Sargent

Supreme Court to hear Climate Case Ireland appeal

February 14th, 2020 Friends of the Irish Environment was yesterday granted permission to directly bring its landmark climate case that challenges the State’s mitigation plan before the Supreme Court. In November, the environmental group lodged two appeals – a direct appeal to the Court of Appeal, as well as an application to ‘leapfrog’ the case […]

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Two guilty of hedgerow destruction during nesting season

January 10th, 2020 A landowner and contractor charged with the destruction of vegetation growing in a hedge during the 2019 bird nesting season plead guilty at Nenagh District Court in December. On 12 December 2019, Judge Cormac Dunne fined the landowner €750 under the Wildlife Acts for offences carried out near Tiermoyle in Co Tipperary. […]

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Minister bows to pressure to extend consultation on ‘flawed’ planning Bill

December 20th, 2019 Pressure from environmental groups, opposition politicians, and members of the Housing Committee has forced the Minister for Housing to extend public consultation on proposed legislation that critics argue will dramatically curtail citizens’ rights to challenge poor planning decisions. Eoghan Murphy launched a public consultation on the Heads of the Housing and Planning […]

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Planning Bill will restrict access to justice rights, warn legal experts

December 20th, 2019 Plans from the Minister for Housing to bring in more stringent rules to take legal challenges over planning decisions would see the State backslide on access to justice rights, according to planning and environmental law experts. Speaking at an event held by the Planning, Environmental, and Local Government Bar Association of Ireland […]

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Access to justice under threat by planning Bill, Committee hears

December 16th, 2019 The Government’s proposal to bring in more stringent rules for legal challenges over planning decisions poses a serious threat to citizens’ access to justice rights, a community law expert has warned. Speaking during a hearing of the Oireachtas justice committee last week, Rose Wall, the head of Community Law & Mediation, raised […]