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Supreme court dismisses Apple data centre Environmental Impact Assessment case appeal

Fitzpatrick and Daly v An Bord Pleanála, Apple Distribution International, and the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Attorney General [SC Appeal No. 157/2017] On 11th April 2019, the Supreme Court decided to dismiss the appeal in the Apple data centre case. The Appellants had argued in the High Court and the Supreme Court that An Bord Pleanála (the Irish Planning Board...
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Failure of Ringsend tank led to sewage discharge into Dublin Bay

A failure at one of the large processing tanks at Ringsend wastewater treatment plant occurred at the weekend, and caused a discharge of sewage sludge into the lower Liffey estuary at Poolbeg, Irish Water has confirmed.  The discharge into Dublin Bay was via an outfall located about a kilometre from the plant at about 9am on Saturday, it added. An aerial photograph taken in the area by an amateur ...
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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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An Bord Pleanála grants permission for plastic factory despite environmental concerns

An Bord Pleanála (ABP) has granted planning permission for a plastic factory in Skibbereen, Co Cork despite deep reservations from concerned locals over potential environmental and health issues.  Cork County Council granted permission for the facility to Daly Products Ltd, an Irish division of a Minnesota-based company, RTP Company, in December 2017. A group of concerned Skibbereen residents u...
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Updated Planning Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessment published

Mr. Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has published updated guidelines for planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála on carrying out environmental impact assessment. The publication of the Guidelines coincides with the coming into operation on 1 September 2018 of most of the provisions of the European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Ass...
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Requirement for an Environmental Operating Plan during development construction

An Environmental Operating Plan (EOP) is a document that outlines procedures for the delivery of environmental mitigation measures and for addressing general day-to-day environmental issues that can arise during the construction phase of a development. The EOP assists the main contractor in preventing, managing and/or minimising environmental impacts during the construction phase. It does t...
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Covanta’s quest to process more waste sparks increased air pollution concerns

There is one irrefutable assertion that applies to large, modern incinerators: they are ferocious consumers of raw materials. In the case of Covanta’s “waste to energy” plant in Poolbeg, Dublin, it’s consuming 1,800 tonnes of solid waste per day. Covanta is seeking talks with An Bord Pleanála on the potential to burn an additional 90,000 tonnes of waste annually at the plant. The ...
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