Category Archives: Democracy; Ireland; Fine Gael; Labour; Sinn Fein; Workers; Constitution

Public Consultation – fruitful or farcical?

What makes a good public consultation? I often write about a flawed or absent public consultation process. People keep saying to me: “We know how you are not supposed to do it, but can you not be constructive and suggest … Continue reading

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Victims Vindicated: Farmers Victorious in Landmark Legal Battle Over Wind Turbine Noise

Will Irish judges follow the lead taken by their Australian counterparts? Victims Vindicated: Farmers Victorious in Landmark Legal Battle Over Wind Turbine Noise August 25, 2020 by stopthesethingsLeave a Comment Victors … Victims Vindicated: Farmers Victorious in Landmark Legal Battle … Continue reading

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More on Forestry

Those readers who were I interested in my previous blog on the forestry industry in Ireland will be interested to read an interview that Peter Sweetman gave to the Irish Independent. I have selected some highlights from the interview: Peter … Continue reading

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Seeing the Wood and the trees.

 My most favourite place is in a forest. They are full of energy, they smell lovely, they shield you from outside noise, there is birdsong and the occasional chatter of squirrels, you might see deer or other forest creatures, and … Continue reading

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“obscurum per obscurius”

(“the obscure by the more obscure”)   If “bullshit” was a proper legal concept, it would have been used liberally in the latest Supreme Court judgment, and one can only imagine that the actual word was used in discussions between … Continue reading

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Forcing the ‘Custodians of the Planning Process’ to do their job.

Many readers will be surprised to know that Irish planning law does have enforcement procedures. They will be even more surprised to know that the bodies designated to perform this enforcement function are the Councils. This is due to the … Continue reading

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Injunctions against Quarries

Illegal quarries seem to be in the news a lot lately, and it is always useful to pursue these stories, as their level of proliferation is usually directly proportional to the level of corruption in our county council system.  The reason … Continue reading

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Path to Extinction: Giant Wind & Solar Farms Destroying Habitat & Threatening Endangered Species

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS: Mike Moore’s Planet of The Humans revealed the wholesale environmental destruction caused by wind and solar; … Path to Extinction: Giant Wind & Solar Farms Destroying Habitat & Threatening Endangered Species

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Michael Shellenberger: Sorry, But I Cried Wolf on Climate Change

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS: If climate change is a problem, then wind turbines and solar panels aren’t a solution: heavily subsidised and… Michael Shellenberger: Sorry, But I Cried Wolf on Climate Change

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Adios to Substituted Consent. At last.

Peter Sweetman What is substituted consent? Substituted consent is a form of retention permission, whereby a person can obtain planning permission for a building or development  after that building has already been erected. It has a long and colourful history … Continue reading

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Distraction from the car engine

A very insightful piece from an amazing young woman. via Distraction from the car engine

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A time for Family

As we enter this festive season of which the primary focus should be family, I paused to consider the destructive impact that renewable energy legislation has had on so many families in this country, particularly those families living in the … Continue reading

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QED

Renewables Threaten German Economy & Energy Supply, McKinsey Warns In New Report Michael Shellenberger  Energy I write about energy and the environment. To stabilize the electricity grid and avoid becoming too dependent on imported natural gas, Germany is expanding coal … Continue reading

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Ireland in trouble with Aarhus – again

Many thanks to Wind Aware Ireland for this very informative update: Updates. 30th August, 2019 A panel of legal experts has found that Irish planning law is non-compliant with requirements under an international convention to allow the public to participate … Continue reading

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What! More wind turbines? Are you serious?

It is now widely recognised that wind turbines are inefficient, costly, environmentally unfriendly, and harmful to humans and other animals. For those who do not particularly care about these things, but are concerned about their personal finances, they are also … Continue reading

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Autism : A colourful history

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This morning, I found a handful of photographs of our Ian from many years ago.  I was looking for something completely different, of course.  That is the way of my life.  The minute I…

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The final stages of capitalism

In Das Kapital, (my translation) Marx describes the final stages of capitalism, literally along the lines of ‘capitalism will eat itself’:   “The final stages of capitalism will be marked by global capital being unable to expand and generate profits … Continue reading

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Plain English please!

“It is important to remember why our statutes should be framed in such a way as to be clearly comprehensible to those affected by them. It is an aspect of the Rule of Law. People who live under the Rule … Continue reading

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