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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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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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What was it all for?

Hurrah! Windfarms produce a whopping ONE PERCENT of EU energy! The colossal, hugely expensive windfarms that are spread across huge areas of Europe’s land and sea, which are projected to drive up household energy bills by more than 50 per … Continue reading

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Low Frequency Noise – for Beginners (like me)

In a previous blog I spoke about the Portuguese Supreme Court ordering the removal of four turbines after the dramatic effect on a family’s health. This is the lead researcher doing a well-explained presentation on the investigation that they conducted.

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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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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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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

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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

O’Grianna and others v. An Bord Pleanala – Part 2

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.”   (Jonathan Swift) . You will remember the judgment of Peart J. in O’Grianna and others v. An Bord Pleanala [2014] IEHC 632 which was … Continue reading

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