Locals to protest Poddle River flood defence plans over wildlife concerns

January 10th, 2020 South Dublin residents will protest this Sunday against plans to straighten out the Poddle River for flood defence works that critics argue will negatively impact wildlife in two nearby parks. The plan developed by South Dublin County Council (SDCC), Dublin County Council and the Office of Public Works (OPW) would see a flood defence wall built […]

Tallaght wetland after levelling Photo: Collie Ennis

NPWS investigations unit looking into Tallaght wetland

September 24th, 2019 The investigations unit of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has contacted South Dublin County Council in relation to the recent dumping of silt on a wetland area in Tallaght. The move follows the discovery by the Herpetological Society of Ireland (HSI) on Saturday that a wetland area it was monitoring […]

Meath housing project challenged over traffic and air pollution concerns

July 31st, 2019 The High Court has granted a campaign group in Meath permission to challenge a planning decision for a large housing estate just outside of Drogheda over traffic, noise, and air pollution concerns. In May, An Bord Pleanála granted permission for Coreet Limited to develop the 250 dwelling complex in Bryanstown on the […]

Creating a sustainable future at the local level

February 25th, 2019 Over one hundred people gathered in Kilkenny together with politicians, experts and civil society groups last weekend to discuss creative and practical climate actions that can be taken at a local level. The event on Saturday – Creating a Local Sustainable Future – Practical Actions for your Community – was organised by […]

Large poster on Palace Street for climate plan campaign Photo: Codema

Government must support Dublin climate action plan

February 15th, 2019 The Greens have called on the Government to support a multi-council climate action plan for Dublin on the eve of the launch of a public consultation campaign for the ambitious policy plan. The Draft Climate Change Action Plans 2019-2024 outline how the four local authorities in the capital aim to drastically cut […]

New climate change guidelines for local authorities launched

December 4th, 2018 Local Authorities have received new guidelines from the Government to help them to plan for the impacts of climate change. Launched yesterday by the Minister of Natural Resources, Sean Canney TD, the guidelines indicate that Local Authorities will now work with four Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs) to drive climate action at […]

Local networking plays its role in saving the Old Irish Goat

July 3rd, 2018 St. Patrick may have driven the snakes out of Ireland, but old Irish goats, once heading towards extinction, are here to stay. The Old Irish Goat Society has been working for over a decade to bring awareness to the species, the original and only landrace breed of goat in Ireland. The County […]

Nationwide recycling initiative fueled by local Public Participation Network

June 29th, 2018   In the first of a series of articles on Public Participation Networks, Lexie McMullan examines their important role in the movement to eliminate waste from the Irish environment. This June, RTÉ revealed the harsh reality of illegal dumping throughout Ireland. The abundance of waste in the country has been a problem […]

Bantry Bay locals set to protest against large-scale kelp harvesting

June 28th, 2018 Concerned locals in Bantry Bay are set to hold a land and water-based protest this coming Sunday against the planned start of large-scale mechanical kelp harvesting in the Bay next Wednesday. A harvesting license was granted to Tralee-based biotechnology company BioAtlantis covering 1,822 acres along the Beara and Sheep’s Head peninsulas. The […]

Dublin Environmental Gathering highlights need for action at local level

April 9th, 2018 Community members from across Dublin came together for the first ever Dublin Environmental Gathering on Saturday. The inaugural event in Dublin City Council’s Wood Quay venue attracted over 100 attendees and was organised by the Dublin Public Participation Networks (PPNs) in conjunction with the Irish Environmental Network (IEN) There is a PPN […]