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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

An interesting commentary from Pat Swords on the North-South Interconnector: “Some thoughts and facts about the Ireland of today with further confirmation that we don’t live in anything that even remotely approaches a Democracy. Still one gives it a ‘poke’ … Continue reading

Posted in An Bord Pleanala; appeal; interested parties, Democracy; Ireland; Fine Gael; Labour; Sinn Fein; Workers; Constitution, EIA Directive 2014/52/EU, EirGrid; Insurance; Law; Cancer; EMF, EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Match Report

  The Captain’s warm-up had gone well and so we arrived at the beautiful but enormous Palace of Nations in Geneva with the usual pre-match jitters, but with Pat Swords charging ahead and us in his wake, we found our … Continue reading

Posted in EIA Directive 2014/52/EU, EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, Pat Swords, Planning and Development Act 2000; guidelines; directives; Sections 28 & 29, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters; Aarhus Convention; Aarhus Treaty, The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

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

Sub judice in Geneva

How often do you hear a politician and/or guilty party (when these are distinguishable) answer a penetrating question with: “I’m sorry, that matter is sub judice, I am not allowed to comment”?  What they are saying is that as the matter … Continue reading

Posted in EIA Directive 2014/52/EU, EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, Freedom of Information; Access to Environmental Information; AIE; Commissioner for Environmental Information, Law; High Court; Leave To Appeal; Environment, Legal Costs; Access to Justice; Courts, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, Pat Swords | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Substituted Consent? Surely not!

  Section 34 of the Planning and Development Act of 2000 (“PDA2000”) deals with the actual decision on an application for planning permission, including all the necessary formalities and time-limits and so on. . Subsection (12) of Section 34 deals … Continue reading

Posted in An Bord Pleanala; appeal; interested parties, EIA Directive 2014/52/EU, High Court; Judicial Review; Appeal on the merits; judicial discretion, judicial review; Wednesbury Test; O'Keeffe; rationality; Separation of Powers, Kilvinane Wind Farm Ltd; substituted consent, Peremptory law; Directory Law; Planning and Devlopment Act of 2000, Planning and Development Act 2000; guidelines; directives; Sections 28 & 29, Planning Permission; Extension; Planning and Development Act | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

EirGrid, please explain? I’m confused!

A document landed on my desk the other day. It was an unredacted portion of EirGrid Board Papers (June 2011), again concerning GridLink. I do not pretend to understand the technicalities of this but one thing stood out – the preferred … Continue reading

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More on that Sect 28 Amendment

Since my last blog on the sleight-of-hand S28 amendment of the Planning and Development Act of 2000 (PDA2000), a number of very interesting theories have bubbled to the surface. We all love a good conspiracy theory, so let’s have at … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Wind Farm Contract – Part 2

  In my previous blog I explained how a typical wind farm contract consists of two divisible parts, an Option and a Lease. When looking at an Option, I came to the inescapable conclusion that by selling the wind farm … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Wind Farm Contract – Part 1

  I am often approached by people asking me to explain just how a wind farm contract works. I usually evade these questions either by honestly pleading ignorance or less honestly, by using the well-used cop-out employed by lawyers: “It’s … Continue reading

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Irish Wind Farm Neighbours Detail Unnecessary Daily Acoustic Misery

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
As the World reacts to the insane cost of backing an utterly pointless power source, by slashing subsidies and removing the only ‘reason’ for ‘investing’ in the greatest environmental and economic fraud of all…

Posted in EirGrid; Insurance; Law; Cancer; EMF, EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, Framore Limited, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, Paudie Coffey; series compensation; Fine Gael; Alan Kelly; Alex White, Peremptory law; Directory Law; Planning and Devlopment Act of 2000, Wind Turbine Syndrome; Professor Alun Evans | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wind Turbines and Human Rights

Many people harp on about their human rights but I am always amazed that most people do not know of the extent of their rights or where they come from. . If you are an Irish citizen then a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy; Ireland; Fine Gael; Labour; Sinn Fein; Workers; Constitution, EU Renewable Energy 2020 Target, Law; High Court; Leave To Appeal; Environment, Wind Turbine Syndrome; Professor Alun Evans | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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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Wind Power is Not ‘Cheap’, it’s Not ‘Clean’ and it’s most definitely Not ‘Green’

For those of you whose head is still filled with wind industry spin and misdirection (“lies”), please do yourself a favour and read this excellent blog. It says it like it is, rather than how they would like it to … Continue reading

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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

Alex White! How? What? Why?

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, as described here and here and here (and more where that came from), the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, when asked about public concerns over wind farms, today told the … Continue reading

Posted in Paudie Coffey; series compensation; Fine Gael; Alan Kelly; Alex White, Wind Turbine Syndrome; Professor Alun Evans | Tagged , , , , , | 2 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

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 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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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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