Tag Archives: Aarhus Treaty; Aarhus Convention; UN; EU; windfarms; NREAP; Pat Swords; Rabb

It’s official – nothing is happening at the High Court!

Readers were enraged at the contents of a previous blog on the inexplicable lack of activity on the part of the High Court in the case of Swords v Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Conspiracy theories came thick … Continue reading

Posted in EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, Freedom of Information; Access to Environmental Information; AIE; Commissioner for Environmental Information, High Court; Judicial Review; Appeal on the merits; judicial discretion, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, Pat Swords, The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

The Anatomy of a Wind Farm Contract – Part 3

  In Part 1 we looked at the nature of the Option granted by the landowner to the wind developer, which effectively placed the use of the land beyond the control of the landowner, often for relatively small sums of … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy; Ireland; Fine Gael; Labour; Sinn Fein; Workers; Constitution, EirGrid; Insurance; Law; Cancer; EMF, EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, Green Party; Ireland; Eamonn Ryan; Cormac Manning, Irish Farmers Association; IFA; wind farm contracts, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, Planning and Development Act 2000; guidelines; directives; Sections 28 & 29, Planning Permission; Extension; Planning and Development Act, Wind Farm Contract | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Oh No Alex!

“Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, Mr White said “the whole world needs to de-carbonise” and renewable energy was part of that. Onshore wind energy was the most cost-effective renewable energy currently available for Ireland. … Mr White said there was … Continue reading

Posted in Dr Sarah Laurie; Steve Cooper; Bob McMurtry; Alun Evans, Paudie Coffey; series compensation; Fine Gael; Alan Kelly; Alex White, Wind Turbine Syndrome; Professor Alun Evans | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

The Law is Unaffordable

This is the latest entry in that excellent blog, cearta.ie, which is written by Eoin O’Dell, who points out (as this blog has done in the past) that the average Irish citizen simply cannot afford to hire a lawyer, even … Continue reading

Posted in Legal Costs; Access to Justice; Courts, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters; Aarhus Convention; Aarhus Treaty | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

In Violation of Aarhus

Pat Swords has been waging a lone battle on our behalf for a very long time now, but at last his efforts are bearing fruit. In honour of Pat’s bravery and dogged determination, I have selected portions of his writing … Continue reading

Posted in Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters; Aarhus Convention; Aarhus Treaty | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Wind Terror in Turkey

http://gazetedokuzeylul.com/?p=25335 . If you thought the carry-on and underhand tactics by the wind companies in Ireland was something to believe, feel relieved that you are not being threatened by the Turkish wind industry (probably owned by the same crowd?), who … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey; ABK Çeşme RES Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş, Wind Turbines: Esen Fatma Kabadayi Whiting | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

An Election Ploy?

The announcement by EirGrid that the GridLink Project has been scrapped causes mixed emotions. Jubilation by those who have fought for so long for this very outcome is understandable and healthy, as the tension and stress caused by this threatened … Continue reading

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Erm, EirGrid – didn’t you forget something (or someone)?

What is a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)? Think of it as a mega environmental impact statement, or an XXL EIA (see my blog on the EIS and EIA). It is quite literally a national impact study of the environment and, … Continue reading

Posted in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA); Grid 25; North-South Interconnector | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

An Opportunity Missed – Callaghan vs. An Bord Pleanála and the Attorney-General

Judgment was delivered by the High Court (Costello J.) on 11 June 2015 in the application for leave to judicially review the decision of An Bord Pleanála to designate the North Meath Wind Farm a Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID). . … Continue reading

Posted in High Court; Judicial Review; Appeal on the merits; judicial discretion, Ms Justice Costello; Section 37A Planning and Development Act 2000; | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Limits on the Protective Costs Order under Section 50B

If you litigate in court and lose, you will pay, big time. That is the general rule: the loser pays all the legal costs. This is known as the “costs follow the event” rule. There are some exceptions to the … Continue reading

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Suing the Government

Francovich v Italy was a very important judgment handed down by the European Court of Justice in 1990. It was important because it established the principle that European Union member states could be liable to pay compensation to individuals who … Continue reading

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EirGrid’s “new” Development Strategy – what it really means

In response to ever-increasing legal, political and economic pressure, the Department of Conservation, Energy and Natural Resources have released another glossy publication through their mouthpiece EirGrid. . The document is largely technical mumbo-jumbo on which I am not qualified to … Continue reading

Posted in EirGrid; Insurance; Law; Cancer; EMF | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Death of Local Government

The Twentieth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland provided constitutional recognition of local government and required that local government elections occur at least once in every five years. It was effected by the Twentieth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 2001, … Continue reading

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The Business Plan of the Wind Industry

The wind industry is here to make money. As we are in a capitalist economy, that is its prerogative. I just wish it would be honest about its true motive instead of portraying itself as an eco-warrior, which wind farmers … Continue reading

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Energy efficiency is a form of energy

Whilst this government is pushing the interests of its big business cronies in the wind industry, it is doing precious little when it comes to consumer education and other measures aimed at energy efficiency. Instead of forcing consumers to pay … Continue reading

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EirGrid brings in the heavies

  In its glossy brochure, “Reviewing and improving our public consultation process”. one of the better satirical publications of 2014; EirGrid set out three themes as to how it needed to improve its dealings with the public. . Theme 2 … Continue reading

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RTS & Ors -v- An Bord Pleanála [2015] IEHC 18 – lessons learned

The loss by the RTS Substation Group in their recent application for judicial review against An Bord Pleanala (ABP) was a massive blow to that community and I write this blog with some trepidation, as I know that hearts are … Continue reading

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Rural Communities under attack from the State

I received a letter from a member of the Ratheniska community which is battling An Bord Pleanala, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, and EirGrid in their plan to build a massive substation which is intended to be … Continue reading

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Are EirGrid overly “commercially sensitive”?

You will remember that in a previous blog “The ESB has insurance against EMF” I discussed the results of an Access to Information on the Environment (“AIE”) request made by a group of concerned citizens to the ESB concerning their … Continue reading

Posted in EirGrid; Insurance; Law; Cancer; EMF | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Great EIS Swindle

An environmental impact statement (EIS) should be carried out in such a way that it is a useful tool for decision-making on planning applications. It should accurately and fairly describe the positive and negative environmental effects of a proposed project, … Continue reading

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