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Are EirGrid overly “commercially sensitive”?

You will remember that in a previous blog “The ESB has insurance against EMF” I discussed the results of an Access to Information on the Environment (“AIE”) request made by a group of concerned citizens to the ESB concerning their … Continue reading

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The Great EIS Swindle

An environmental impact statement (EIS) should be carried out in such a way that it is a useful tool for decision-making on planning applications. It should accurately and fairly describe the positive and negative environmental effects of a proposed project, … Continue reading

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A Farewell to Pensions

The National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) was established by the National Pensions Reserve Fund Act No 33 0f 2000 by the then Minister of Finance, Charlie McCreevy. Its intended purpose was to prepare for the ever-increasing pensions bill of the … Continue reading

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How many PR consultants does it take to change a light bulb?

I should have a warm and fuzzy feeling inside me after reading the self-congratulatory publication by EirGrid “Reviewing and improving our public consultation process”. It has become obvious that I, and thousands like me, have been completely wrong about EirGrid. … Continue reading

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The threat of legal costs in environmental litigation

  Disclaimer: This has been written from my bed whilst on sick leave, so please be patient! The phrase ‘legal costs’ makes everybody nervous, even lawyers, who often find them difficult to explain to their clients, especially when the client … Continue reading

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ESB versus EirGrid – again

In an earlier blog I suggested that the interests of the ESB and EirGrid were on a collision course, particularly as the ESB want to continue running their cash-cow Moneypoint for as long as possible, whereas the Grid25 Project aims … Continue reading

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An Bord Pleanála and Bias

The second Principle of Natural Justice is Nemo Iudex In Causa Sua which means that a person is not allowed to be a judge in his own cause. This ancient principle is the basis for the concept of bias in … Continue reading

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Update from Pat Swords

Pat Swords continues his battle against the madness that is the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) and more particularly the failure of the EU and the Irish Government to consult (at all) with the Irish public about the Plan … Continue reading

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Update from Pat Swords

SWORDS -V- MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS ENERGY AND NATURAL & ORS 2013/4122 P “The case came up in for mention in front of the registrar today and the State requested extra time to evaluate new documents. It now goes back to … Continue reading

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Sold A Pup Part 2: Rip it up and start again

Readers of my previous blog on the upcoming case of Pat Swords vs Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources have asked me to supply the various judgments that Pat has secured along the way, despite the Minister’s dogged attempts … Continue reading

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Have We Been Sold A Pup?

Swords -v- Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources & ors 2013/4122 P – 6th May 2014

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