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EirGrid Exposed

The story of EirGrid’s handling of public concerns over the harmful effects of EMF was exposed in this blog over two years ago, including the now infamous “reverse-quotation” used in the research study commissioned by EirGrid. Through the tireless efforts … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Wind Farm Contract – Part 3

  In Part 1 we looked at the nature of the Option granted by the landowner to the wind developer, which effectively placed the use of the land beyond the control of the landowner, often for relatively small sums of … Continue reading

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EirGrid ordered to disclose costings

The defence of “commercial or industrial confidentiality” is routinely abused by many enterprises to conceal a plethora of evils from the reach of legitimate requests for Access to Information on the Environment (AIE). . Article 9(1)(c) of the AIE Regulations … Continue reading

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EirGrid’s “new” Development Strategy – what it really means

In response to ever-increasing legal, political and economic pressure, the Department of Conservation, Energy and Natural Resources have released another glossy publication through their mouthpiece EirGrid. . The document is largely technical mumbo-jumbo on which I am not qualified to … 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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Consultation on the Green Paper

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) is holding its final regional workshop on the Green Paper on Energy Policy next Friday, 27th February at the Brandon House Hotel in New Ross, commencing at 09.30am. See details at … Continue reading

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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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The ESB has insurance against EMF

  Two fundamental principles of insurance law When it comes to insurance, even those who are naturally inclined to tell porkies are forced to tell the truth. The first principle of insurance law is uberrimae fidei, which is interpreted to … 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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Report Back

I am currently the victim of a winter bug so the blog this week is limited to reporting back on previous stories. . In previous blogs I wrote that in response to the 1200 submissions on the Green Paper on … Continue reading

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EirGrid and information to the public

In 2007, a Report commissioned by the Department of the Marine, Communications and Natural Resources, entitled “Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields”, recommended that although the risk was not severe enough to move existing (110 and 220 kV) lines away from … Continue reading

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Quotations and References

In this latest instalment on helpful tips concerning academic writing, I wish to consider that fraught area of quotations and references. Whilst we all know about the evils of plagiarism and the need to acknowledge the sources of ideas that … Continue reading

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