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The Suir Valley Environmental Conference 2016

A truly excellent conference was held by the Suir Valley Environmental Group on 20 January 2016. The three speakers were Fred Udo, Colm McCarthy and David Hughes. Their respective presentations are clear and concise, and well worth a viewing. They … Continue reading

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Open letter to IWEA (and Messrs White and Coffey)

The practice of lobbying government Ministers and other influential members of a ruling party is regarded by many as an integral part of our process of democracy. . Those in favour would argue that politicians should look to be educated … Continue reading

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It’s “Academic Research”, it must be true!

  The Health Writers Hub rated these publications as the top medical journals in the world: . New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Nature The Lancet The British Medical Journal (BMJ) Annals of Internal Medicine The Journal of the American … Continue reading

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Democracy and the Courts

  About five hundred years before the birth of Christ, an event we have recently celebrated, the notion of democracy was expounded in the Greek city states, most notably Athens, where an assembly of citizens voted directly on laws governing … Continue reading

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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

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More on the “green data centre” debate

http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/Ahead-in-the-clouds/2015/11/how-green-is-your-datacentre.html How green is your datacentre? By Caroline Donnelly on November 13, 2015 10:04 AM | In this guest post, Dominic Ward, vice president of corporate and business development at datacentre provider Verne Global, explains why the green power commitments … Continue reading

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The Myth of “green” Data Centres

Apple are seeking planning permission for a 240MW data centre in Athenry, Co. Galway, which it says will create “up to 215 jobs”. . Questions need to be asked about this data centre that is being hailed by the current … Continue reading

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Is the writing on the wall for the NREAP?

Largely as a result of the ongoing and sterling efforts of Pat Swords, the Irish Government is now under considerable pressure to explain why it did not bother to consult with the public prior to publishing its National Renewable Energy … Continue reading

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The Cloud Bytes Back

This is a guest blog on the excellent Irish Energy Blog which I have very cheekily nicked – thanks Owen! http://irishenergyblog.blogspot.ie/2015/10/the-cloud-bytes-back-how-data-centres.html It is also a timely reminder to those people who think that GridLink has gone away forever. We need … Continue reading

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Questions for EirGrid

There has been intense speculation about EirGrid’s announcement on GridLink, and the miracle cure in the form of “series compensation”. . I am not an engineer or very technical-minded, and even when some engineering friends tried to explain it to … Continue reading

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C’mon Leo, get off your arse.

The fact that wind turbines are dangerous to human (and animal) health is now so well established as to be almost axiomatic. A previous blog (and subsequent comments) highlighted the extensive peer-reviewed research showing the dangers of infrasound. . The … Continue reading

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Wind Fraud

In Australia, Senator John Madigan continues to expose the fraudulent goings on in the wind industry. This time he has demonstrated that a wind company used methodologically flawed acoustic test reports to secure planning permission for an industrial wind farm. … Continue reading

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Research into Wind Turbine Infrasound

The research is extensive and continuing, and it is not good news for the wind industry. Despite their tobacco-style advertising and “sponsorship” of tame academics and front organisations like Environmental Impact Assessment, there is now a sound body of research … Continue reading

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Wind and the Green Dream: Flatulence and Fancy

The renewable energy industry, more particularly the wind industry, has always portrayed itself as the noble knight on the white charger, crusading to save our planet from global warming and climate change. . Nothing could be further from the truth. … 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

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Well Done John!

You might remember that in a previous blog I disagreed with Judge Caroline Costello’s finding against John Callaghan that Mr. Callaghan (and other members of the public) did not have the right to make representations to An Bord Pleanala (ABP) … Continue reading

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FACT: Wind Turbines Make You Sick.

I have just finished reading a fascinating article “Low Frequency Noise-Induced Pathology: Contributions Provided by the Portuguese Wind Turbine Case” written by Nuno A. A. Castelo Branco, MD, Senior Surgical Pathologist; Mariana Alves-Pereira, PhD, Biomedical Engineer; Augusto Martinho Pimenta, MD, … Continue reading

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