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EPA publishes Guidelines on information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports

EPA publishes Guidelines on information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIAR) The Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports concentrates on the principles and associated practice of preparing EIARs. It is a statutory document that should be regarded by developers, practitioners and CAs – as set out in section 1.1. The d...
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High Court upholds cheese plant planning permission despite environmental impact argument

High Court upholds cheese plant planning permission despite environmental impact argument The High Court has upheld the planning permission decision for the construction of a controversial cheese manufacturing plant in County Kilkenny. The plant is being promoted by the Dutch dairy processor Royal A-ware in partnership with Glanbia, who is slated to supply the milk for the operation.   An Taisce ...
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EU calls on Ireland to carry out environmental impact assessments for peat extraction

The European Commission is asking Ireland to respect its obligations under EU rules on environmental impact assessment (EIA).  Under the EIA Directive (2011/92/EU), Member States are required to carry out an assessment of the environmental impacts of projects likely to have a significant negative impact on the environment. This includes peat extraction projects.  Ireland has had numerous problems ...
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Unauthorised quarries ‘putting Ireland’s environment at risk’

There are more than 150 unauthorised quarries across Ireland, it was revealed on Wednesday.  Permission for quarries is given or refused on a number of grounds including how much environmental damage they’re likely to cause but RTÉ Investigates has found that the system is full of loopholes, delays and grey areas, resulting in Ireland’s environment being put at risk.  The programme ...
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Council failed to assess biodiverse wetlands before they were destroyed

A local authority failed to carry out any environmental impact assessment before destroying a biodiverse wetland and killing thousands of animals at a park in Dublin.  South Dublin County Council (SDCC) has also said it has no record of any ecological surveys undertaken in the area. The destruction of the wetlands caused outrage after tonnes of silt were spread on the site, which had developed ...
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An Bord Pleanála Annual Report 2018

An Bord Pleanála have published their annual report and accounts for 2018. Headline figures show: a 6% increase in cases received; a 32% increase in cases decided; a 10% decrease in cases on hand at year end; 105 Strategic Infrastructure Development applications lodged; 44 Strategic Housing Development applications lodged; 99 vacant site levy appeals; 2018 was the first full year of...
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Environmental due diligence and assessment important consideration when developing investment plans

Four environmental advocacy organizations called on Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP, Heerlen, Netherlands, on Monday to halt all new investments in fossil fuel companies and commit to phasing out such existing investments.  The €456 billion ($502 billion) pension fund's investments in fossil fuels rose to €16.5 billion as of Dec. 31 from €14 billion in 2015, according to a report by consultant Profund...
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Building on Dublin Bay ‘could help the environment’

Reclaiming Dublin Bay would help Ireland meet its climate targets, as well a providing much-needed housing for the city’s growing population, David Browne, president of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, has said. The Government’s Project Ireland 2040 plan, which aims to guide sustainable development, was not adequate, said Mr Browne, who is a director of RKD Architects.  “We need t...
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Potential Brownfield housing site so contaminated workers would not be able to touch the soil

Engineers clearing a proposed Derbyshire housing site contaminated with industrial waste would have to wear protective clothing and masks.  They would also be advised not to let the soil they would be removing touch their skin.  It’s because of a legacy of the dumping of harmful industrial waste products at the site at Somercotes, including poisonous and cancer-causing chemicals. But a developer ...
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Ever Evolving Planning & Environmental Law Landscape in Ireland – Mason Hayes & Curran Report

Launching judicial reviews for strategic infrastructure developments The Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended provides for a special planning application process for strategic infrastructure development (SID). This procedure allows for the local planning authority to be bypassed entirely and the application be made directly to An Bord Pleanála, the Irish State planning appeals board. SI...
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