Tag Archives: Al;ex White TD; Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland; New Ross

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 Spokes of the Wheel

‘The Spokes Of The Wheel‘ is an exciting new film project that explores proposed renewable energy plans in Ireland, as our country strives to reach its 2020 target, of 40 per cent electricity generated from renewable sources. . The film … 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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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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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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What is the difference between an EIS and an EIA?

During our discussions on my previous blog, where I was privileged to learn from a lot of people who, unlike me, actually know stuff about planning law, I realised that I, and many others, were not too sure about the … Continue reading

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Opposing Extensions

Another method of opposing planning permission for wind farms has presented itself: challenging a decision to grant an application for extension of planning permission. . A planning permission usually has a lifetime of five years from the date of the final … Continue reading

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Flexing Our Mussels – People Over Wind and others vs An Bord Pleanala

Amandla Awethu! . This was the cry that used to begin all public (and clandestine) meetings in South Africa during the dark days and the struggle against the apartheid regime. Pronounced “aah-mun-dluh  are-where-too” it means “Power to the People” and … Continue reading

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Can An Bord Pleanála condone a defective application?

As a rule it can be said that An Bord Pleanála (ABP) have very little discretion, and this mostly involves their conduct of public / oral hearings, and only if they decide to hold the hearing at all (See sections … Continue reading

Posted in Framore Limited, High Court; Judicial Review; Appeal on the merits; judicial discretion, Peremptory law; Directory Law; Planning and Devlopment Act of 2000 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

You Must Be Joking, Mr. Kelly!!

The Independent reported on 25 May 2015 that the Labour Party parliamentary party will this week debate proposals to introduce new restrictions on the development of wind turbines close to people’s homes. Apparently Labour TDs and senators are demanding changes … Continue reading

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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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The Scare Tactics of the Wind Industry

One of the most commonly-used tactics of domination by modern governments is to keep their citizens in a state of perpetual terror by continuously announcing doomsday scenarios, and then use these apparent threats to justify increasingly oppressive governance. We now … Continue reading

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