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Nearly half of EU actions against Ireland last year related to Environmental Issues

The European Commission opened 38 cases against Ireland for infringements of EU law last year, according to its annual report on the enforcement of EU law.  Throughout the EU, the commission said the number of open infringement cases last year was stable, but new cases were up 20%.  More than half of all infringement proceedings in 2019 were related to the late transposition of EU directives, alth...
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Data Centres: Irish environmental issues

Introduction Environmental legislation in Ireland is principally administered and enforced in three ways: (i) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); (ii) by local authorities throughout Ireland and (iii) by the courts. The Minister for the Communications, Climate Action & Environment has an important policy setting role and the Health & Safety Authority is responsible for th...
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Developers – Be Aware of the Environmental Issues to Consider in a Property Transaction

When looking at either buying or selling real estate in Ireland, there are environmental issues to consider: Environmental Certifications Depending on the nature of any development, environmental licences and permits may be required. For example, certain developments require a licence from the Environmental Protection Agency for the designated use in addition to the planning permission. E...
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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 th...
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Today is World Environment Day! Let’s #BeatPlasticPollution

World Environment Day takes place on the 5th June annually.  It is the most important day of the year to highlight the key environmental issues of our time and encouraging environmental awareness as well as motivating people to take responsibility for their actions. 1972 was the first time this event was held by the UN to draw the public’s attention to environmental issues and to encourage peo...
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Ireland fails to comply with EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.

The European Commission is taking action against Ireland for failure to comply with a range of environmental, nuclear and marine obligations under EU law. In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the Commission announced that it is pursuing Ireland for its failure to adopt national programmes for the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. Ireland has also been called up for its...
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