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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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Poolbeg Residents hold protest against Noise Pollution

Several Poolbeg residents took to the streets last Tuesday to protest against noise pollution, with another demonstration planned for May 30.  The residents staged a demonstration where they blocked traffic Poolbeg Quay for a time during rush hour in an effort to raise awareness of on-going noise pollution in the locality. Locals in the Poolbeg Quay apartments say that the noise of early mornin...
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Conflict of Interest Accusations Against Noise Regulator for Dublin Airport

There was intense pressure on Transport Minister Shane Ross to appoint a noise regulator for Dublin Airport, even though officials knew accusations of a conflict of interest were certain to arise.  Mr Ross chose Fingal County Council as noise regulator despite the fact 8% of its total budgeted income each year comes from the Dublin Airport Authority. Internal records show how the Department of ...
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New Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill introduced

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has published the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill, 2018 which appoints a new independent noise regulator - Fingal County Council. Minister Ross said: “The new regulator will be responsible for applying EU law to airport noise management. It will have enforcement powers to ensure that the DAA complies with noise management...
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Complaints aplenty but no specific noise control legislation for ‘crow bangers’

Farmers, for over 50 years, have been using bird pest control measures but no specific national legislation exists in relation to noise containment for instruments such as ‘crow bangers’ or 'crop bangers'.  The Department of Environment and local authorities confirmed they regularly receive complaints in relation to instruments such as ‘crow bangers’ or 'crop bangers', particularly in rural areas....
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EPA Strategic Environmental Noise Maps Round 3

The EPA have issued Round 3 of its Strategic Noise Maps.  The main focus of noise maps is for strategic management of environmental noise, based upon a notional annual average day. Round 3 Strategic Noise Maps can be viewed on EPA Maps under "Environment & Wellbeing - Noise".  The data can be downloaded from the EPA Database option of the Get data page.  Access the data as a Web Map Serv...
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Verde employs two of the five fastest-growing ‘green’ jobs

The Earth's climate has changed throughout history and, in recent decades, scientists have concluded that the planet is currently going through an era of warming.  There is near-consensus that the latest rise in average temperatures, along with a shift in weather patterns, is in at least part attributable to human activity that has pushed an excess of carbon into the atmosphere. A global drive ...
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Strong growth in Construction Industry mask potential capacity challenges

The Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) first construction industry economic outlook this week heard of underlying challenges facing the sector that could impact on its ability to deliver essential housing and infrastructure activity in the next decade. Jeanette Mair, CIF Economic & Research Director, stated “Strong headline growth figures mask potential capacity challenges, particular...
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Environmental Services to the Construction Industry as it continues strong growth

The Irish construction sector’s strong start to the year continues, with the latest Ulster Bank construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) showing a sharp increase in activity and new orders, and a faster pace of job creation. The sector is benefiting from a pick-up in housebuilding in urban areas, including Dublin, where demand for homes outstrips supply. While the latest PMI eased back from...
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Noise Monitoring

Verde - Noise & Acoustics
Following a recent review of the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines, there will be stringent restrictions on noise levels from high-powered turbines. Local authorities will be tasked with enforcing noise limit rules in their counties and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be charged with policing sound levels. Breaches of noise restrictions will result in turbines being turned o...
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