Allihies Weekend 2005 Programme
Friday 28, Monday 31 October

Friday 28 Ocober
Arrive The Village Hostel, Allihies
[Bus meets Dublin train in Killarney at 9.45 PM Friday]

7 PM, 12 Midnight Soup and sandwiches

Saturday 29 October
8.30, 10 AM Breakfast and informal discussions

10 AM Registration

10.30 AM Welcome

11, 12 AM Agenda Setting

12, 2 PM: Kathy Sinnott, MEP
The Environmental Protection Agency

2 PM Lunch

4 PM, 6 PM Dr. Aine Ryall
Aarhus, its potential and power.
Please ask for preparatory material. Introduction (30 minutes) Workshops (1 hour) Discussion and questions (30 Minutes)

7.30 PM Wine Reception

8.30 PM Dinner


Sunday 30 October
8.30, 11 AM Breakfast and informal discussions

12 Noon, 2 PM : Patricia McKenna: Politics

4 PM, 6 PM: Ian Lumley: The Planning System

7.30 PM Dinner

9 PM: Entertainment


Monday 31 October
8.30, 10 AM Breakfast and informal discussions

11 AM Initiatives arising from the weekend

12 AM Wrap up/open discussion session.

3 PM Bus for Dublin train

A note on participants

Patricia McKenna was a Green Party MEP from 1994 - 2004. Although she is perhaps best known for successfully challenging the use of state funds to support one side in the divorce refererendum ('The McKenna Judgement') she worked on the EU Environment, Public Health and Consumer Committee and was leader of the EU Green Party on the Fisheries Committee, addressing vested interests. She also worked on women's and general human rights issues with a particular interest in peace/disarmament/security, travelling outside the EU on various delegations, including to Baghdad.

Kathy Sinnott was elected as an Independent MEP for Munster in 2004, originally through the championing of disability rights, including a key legal case. She has taken up the issue of the failure of the Environmental Protection Agency to protect residents from adverse environmental impacts and met with groups all around Ireland earlier this month to coordinate approaches. The purpose of today's meeting is to explore the ways in which the agenda can be refined and advanced.

Aine Ryall of the Law faculty of UCC has interests in environmental law very similar to the practical problems experienced by FIE, rights to information, participation, and access to justice. A frequent contributor to Irish Planning and Environmental Law Journal, she has also published on the 20 euro planning fee. [FIE's case is now before the Supreme Court simply to have the right to have the case heard.] Hart Publishing has scheduled the publication of her 'Effective Judicial Protection and the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive in Ireland' for June 2006. She will focus today on the Aarhus Convention, using its power and potential for environmental NGOs, and deal specifically with direct effect in Irish law in the absence of implementing measures.

Ian Lumley is a long standing Irish conservationist. He was formerly a director with Michael Smith of Lancefort, the company established to contest Treasury Holding's plan for a central Dublin hotel and has also taken environmental litigation in his own right. Active in the foundation of FIE, he has been for the last 5 years An Taisce, the National Trust's, Heritage Officer. Using its privileges as a prescribed body for consultation under the Planning Acts, he has developed this role into a major force in Irish life with a wide range of planning appeals at a success rate of more than 90%.




Bookings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 027-73131
Price: €95 euro. OAPs, students and non-staffed NGOs €50 euro.

Price includes workshops and vegetarian meals. Our venu, the Village Hostel, is under new management and will be €20 per person sharing per night and can not be blocked booked. Because it is a holiday weekend and there are other events in the area, you must book early to ensure a place in the Hostel [027 73131] or in bed and breakfasts, houses, or flats in the Village and local area, ring Mary O'Sullivan at 027-73004. [We will try and find a place for those with sleeping bags and limited funds.]

The Dublin - Killarney train Friday which leaves Houston Station at 6.30 will be met by a free minibus to Allihies. Arrive early for the train and go to the front. The bus leaves Killarney Friday at 9.45 PM sharp unless the train is late. You can join this bus even if you are not on the Dublin train. Return Monday leaving Allihies at 4 PM for the 6.05 PM train arriving Dublin 10.05 PM. Let us know about car sharing availability or requirements. Child minding assistance is also possible.

Allihies is at the extreme end of the Beara peninsula, an hour's drive from Bantry or Kenmare. There are mini-buses every day from Cork to Castletownbere, the nearest town 14 miles east of Allihies.

http:/www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org


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Allihies Weekend 2005 Programme
Friday 28, Monday 31 October

Friday 28 Ocober
Arrive The Village Hostel, Allihies
[Bus meets Dublin train in Killarney at 9.45 PM Friday]

7 PM, 12 Midnight Soup and sandwiches

Saturday 29 October
8.30, 10 AM Breakfast and informal discussions

10 AM Registration

10.30 AM Welcome

11, 12 AM Agenda Setting

12, 2 PM: Kathy Sinnott, MEP
The Environmental Protection Agency

2 PM Lunch

4 PM, 6 PM Dr. Aine Ryall
Aarhus, its potential and power.
Please ask for preparatory material. Introduction (30 minutes) Workshops (1 hour) Discussion and questions (30 Minutes)

7.30 PM Wine Reception

8.30 PM Dinner


Sunday 30 October
8.30, 11 AM Breakfast and informal discussions

12 Noon, 2 PM : Patricia McKenna: Politics

4 PM, 6 PM: Ian Lumley: The Planning System

7.30 PM Dinner

9 PM: Entertainment


Monday 31 October
8.30, 10 AM Breakfast and informal discussions

11 AM Initiatives arising from the weekend

12 AM Wrap up/open discussion session.

3 PM Bus for Dublin train

A note on participants

Patricia McKenna was a Green Party MEP from 1994 - 2004. Although she is perhaps best known for successfully challenging the use of state funds to support one side in the divorce refererendum ('The McKenna Judgement') she worked on the EU Environment, Public Health and Consumer Committee and was leader of the EU Green Party on the Fisheries Committee, addressing vested interests. She also worked on women's and general human rights issues with a particular interest in peace/disarmament/security, travelling outside the EU on various delegations, including to Baghdad.

Kathy Sinnott was elected as an Independent MEP for Munster in 2004, originally through the championing of disability rights, including a key legal case. She has taken up the issue of the failure of the Environmental Protection Agency to protect residents from adverse environmental impacts and met with groups all around Ireland earlier this month to coordinate approaches. The purpose of today's meeting is to explore the ways in which the agenda can be refined and advanced.

Aine Ryall of the Law faculty of UCC has interests in environmental law very similar to the practical problems experienced by FIE, rights to information, participation, and access to justice. A frequent contributor to Irish Planning and Environmental Law Journal, she has also published on the 20 euro planning fee. [FIE's case is now before the Supreme Court simply to have the right to have the case heard.] Hart Publishing has scheduled the publication of her 'Effective Judicial Protection and the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive in Ireland' for June 2006. She will focus today on the Aarhus Convention, using its power and potential for environmental NGOs, and deal specifically with direct effect in Irish law in the absence of implementing measures.

Ian Lumley is a long standing Irish conservationist. He was formerly a director with Michael Smith of Lancefort, the company established to contest Treasury Holding's plan for a central Dublin hotel and has also taken environmental litigation in his own right. Active in the foundation of FIE, he has been for the last 5 years An Taisce, the National Trust's, Heritage Officer. Using its privileges as a prescribed body for consultation under the Planning Acts, he has developed this role into a major force in Irish life with a wide range of planning appeals at a success rate of more than 90%.




Bookings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 027-73131
Price: €95 euro. OAPs, students and non-staffed NGOs €50 euro.

Price includes workshops and vegetarian meals. Our venu, the Village Hostel, is under new management and will be €20 per person sharing per night and can not be blocked booked. Because it is a holiday weekend and there are other events in the area, you must book early to ensure a place in the Hostel [027 73131] or in bed and breakfasts, houses, or flats in the Village and local area, ring Mary O'Sullivan at 027-73004. [We will try and find a place for those with sleeping bags and limited funds.]

The Dublin - Killarney train Friday which leaves Houston Station at 6.30 will be met by a free minibus to Allihies. Arrive early for the train and go to the front. The bus leaves Killarney Friday at 9.45 PM sharp unless the train is late. You can join this bus even if you are not on the Dublin train. Return Monday leaving Allihies at 4 PM for the 6.05 PM train arriving Dublin 10.05 PM. Let us know about car sharing availability or requirements. Child minding assistance is also possible.

Allihies is at the extreme end of the Beara peninsula, an hour's drive from Bantry or Kenmare. There are mini-buses every day from Cork to Castletownbere, the nearest town 14 miles east of Allihies.

http:/www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org


Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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