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Plans for Japanese knotweed facility near Ballyhaunis rejected by An Bord Pleanala

An Bord Pleanala has rejected plans for a Japanese knotweed facility near Ballyhaunis. A company called Pollution & Construction Solutions Ltd - trading as The Japanese Knotweed Company - had applied for permission for a recovery facility for soil and stone waste, including soils containing Japanese knotweed, at a disused quarry at Hazelhill / Drumbaun on the outskirts of Ballyhaunis. Ma...
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Farmers warned over ‘underestimated’ problem of Japanese Knotweed

Farmers and gardeners have been warned that accidentally planting or recklessly allowing Japanese Knotweed to spread to another property could result in a prosecution.The warning came as experts stressed that the scale of the national problem posed by the invasive species has been underestimated. Japanese Knotweed remains a problem in gardens, ditches, wasteland and even woodland nationwide despi...
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Two recent milestones in Japanese knotweed litigation

Network Rail Court of Appeal decision In a previous article (April 2017) the case of Willams & Waistell v Network Rail was discussed. In this landmark case, a Cardiff Court found Network Rail responsible for an actionable nuisance for failing to take steps to prevent Japanese knotweed from blighting properties lying close to its railway embankment. Network Rail appealed and the Court of App...
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Council agrees to help rid Dublin neighbourhood of hated Japanese Knotweed

Dublin City Council has agreed to work to eliminate one of Europe’s most hated weeds found on privately owned land in the Stoneybatter area of Dublin for up to five years in a major reversal of a stance it adopted earlier this summer.  Japanese knotweed has been growing on the O’Deaveney Gardens site near the Phoenix Park and subsequently spread into the gardens of homes adjacent to the Dublin Cit...
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Invasive Japanese Knotweed spreading throughout residential area of Dublin

One of Europe’s most hated weeds has been spreading throughout a residential area of Dublin and is threatening to damage and devalue properties there.  The spread of the most “aggressive, destructive and invasive plant” on Dublin City Council-owned land in Stoneybatter near the Phoenix Park has sparked concern among local homeowners. The council has begun spraying Japanese Knotweed on the O’Devan...
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Cork County Councillors disagree on how to stop Japanese knotweed invading private estate

Fears have been raised that shifting Japanese knotweed around a site designated for social housing in West Cork could put nearby private properties at risk by undermining building foundations. A Cork County Council meeting heard yesterday the invasive plant is to be moved from one part of the site, in Clonakilty, to another section where it will be entombed and sealed with plastic.  Japanese kn...
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What to look out for when buying your new home…is there an oil tank on site?

Oil Leak Clean Up
The National Planning Framework has a National Policy Objective (No 32) to target the delivery of 550,000 additional households by 2040. There will be an increased need for engineers and related professionals, such as remediation experts to provide an excellent service to house buyers as they embark on what for many will be the biggest investment of their lives. Safety A safe place to live is...
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Invasive Species Week, 23-29 March 2018

Image courtesy of National Biodiversity Data Centre According to the National Biodiversity Data Centre, the number of invasive species in Ireland has increased by 183 per cent in the past 50 years. Invasive species were estimated to have cost the economies of Ireland and Northern Ireland a combined total of over €261million in 2013 and are a major threat to our native flora and fauna. At ...
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Landowners – Know your Invasive Alien Weed Species

Although they may actually look attractive and provide great cover - BEWARE.  These are invasive species of weeds which are now being controlled by  EU regulations. The European Commission has recently added a further nine plant species to the current list of 14 species covered. The invasive weed species can be divided into two groups: In October 2017, Ireland’s 3rd National Biodi...
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Japanese Knotweed – the battle continues

“Properties, roads, farmland and wasteland in the country could be disrupted by the invasive 'alien' Japanese Knotweed plant if it is not treated correctly”, writes Michelle Hogan of the Leinster Express Following a survey of Co. Laois, up to 60 locations have been identified as areas that have the invasive Japanese Knotweed plant present. Homes This invasive weed can affect the value of your h...
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