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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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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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Reasons, and the reasons for giving Reasons.

This is a case report on the Supreme Court judgment of: Kathleen Connelly v. An Bord Pleanala (Clare County Council and McMahon Finn Wind Acquisitions Ltd – Notice Parties) Full judgment here: Kathleen Connolly v ABP Supreme Court . The Parties … Continue reading

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The Courts of Ireland – take 2

Many thanks indeed for the loads of helpful comments and suggestions to the first draft of a chapter I am writing which seeks to introduce the Irish legal system to people who know little or nothing about Irish law. I … Continue reading

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Communities under threat

  This is the Press Release from WindAware Ireland concerning the critical situation in which the people of Ratheniska, County Laois, find themselves. Wind Aware Ireland Press Release One Small Laois Community to Blockade A Big Energy Company A small … Continue reading

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How do our courts work?

  The volume of work at my place of employment has caused me to neglect this blog, for which I apologise. Rather  than simply stopping  blogging, I thought I might combine work and blogging. The piece below is a very … Continue reading

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Does the GDPR protect the citizen?

  The GDPR – Data Subject Rights   The General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) will come into effect on 25 May 2018. As previously mentioned, the GDPR will be directly effective in each EU member state, with the aim … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of the GDPR?

The GDPR – how will it affect us? I have been inundated with questions about the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). My default excuse of “I haven’t had time to look at it yet” was wearing a bit thin, … Continue reading

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The End of the Road – for the CCDG

As readers of this blog are well aware, I have for a while now followed the longstanding dispute between the two Declans – Declan McGrath, well-known author and conservationist, and Declan Mulhearne, the Chairperson of the Comeragh Community Development Group … Continue reading

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Scandal! EirGrid in the Crosshairs.

  Ratheniska residents are claiming that they have exposed Eirgrid’s litany of failures and systematic corporate sharp practice.  The Ratheniska, Timahoe, Spink (RTS) Action Group, when briefing Minister Denis Naughten, made a number of extremely serious allegations, which they backed … Continue reading

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‘Windfarm has ruined my family’s life’

  Yet another distressed family has come forward to describe how a wind farm in Co. Wicklow has ‘ruined’ their lives.   Richard Hobson and his partner have two special needs children who are sensitive to noise and light. The family … Continue reading

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Lots of hot air, but still no cost-benefit analysis

Wind Aware Ireland Press Release Minister Naughten has been accused of talking  ‘gobbledygook’ on wind energy by a top economist. Minister Naughten’s take on wind energy in Ireland has been described as “gobbledygook verging on baby talk.” by top economist … Continue reading

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A Solar Roof?

I found this on Bloomberg.   I would be interested to read peoples’ comments.     “Tesla Inc. has kicked off production of its long-awaited electricity-producing shingles that Elon Musk says will transform the rooftop solar industry. Manufacturing of the … Continue reading

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Unjustified spending and rampant price increases in costs of electricity

  Wind Aware Ireland have launched their new report “The Costs of Wind Energy in Ireland”. This report may precipitate the latest scandal in public spending. REPORT: The Costs of Wind Energy in Ireland The report shows that the Irish State … Continue reading

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Think, dammit, THINK!

  “If we are uncritical, we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations; and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories.” (Karl Popper) in this … Continue reading

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Access to Justice?

The Aarhus Compliance Committee has interpreted Article 9 (3) of the Convention to mean that the public must have access to adequate judicial mechanisms in the event of acts and omissions in contravention of environmental law and, secondly, to provide … Continue reading

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