Congratulations to the Four Angry Ladies on starting this site, and asking questions that most are too scared to ask.
I would ask two more:
- The link between the Comeragh Community Development Group and BSB Energy has already been established. It would be interesting to know what the link between BSB Energy and the hydro station company and/or the Waterford Energy co-op company is? Do the same names appear again and again?
- Given that the 105000 euro was public money, did the construction job of the road go out to public tender in terms of public procurement law? For example, the documentation records that on 14 July 2014 CCDG paid Eddie Cunningham Plant Hire the sum of €7933.65. That job should have been put out to tender in terms of the public procurement for services law, or else there could be a perception by the tax-paying public that there is a danger that this becomes “jobs for the boys”.
The other legal aspect that needs to be mentioned is that bogs have recently been the subject of a new EU legal initiative.
The Climate Change Strategy recognises the role of peatland habitats as carbon stores and the significant carbon releases as a result of degradation.
In addition, the Environmental Liability Directive (2004/35/EC) is about preventing and remedying environmental damage. It aims to hold operators whose activities have caused environmental damage financially liable for remedying this damage, and it aims to hold those whose activities have caused an imminent threat of environmental damage liable for taking preventive actions. This most certainly applies to both the WCCC and the CCDG.
Finally, the National Biodiversity Plan recognises that wetlands are of special importance to biodiversity in Ireland. The biodiversity plan mentions that all significant drainage, including initial drainage and maintenance drainage, will require assessment of its implications for biodiversity, and particularly for wetlands. This most certainly applies to the ancient bog in the Mahon Falls valley.
Clearly there are laws that have been broken. The question is – who will enforce this law?
We all share wonderful memories of the Mahon Falls – as children going for walks with our parents, as teenagers meeting that special someone in the carpark, and until recently, as grandparents taking their grandchildren along the beautiful path to the Falls themselves. But that beauty has been badly damaged by a deep scar running […]