Irish failure to implement protection for upland blanket bog: Glanlough, Durrus, County Cork, Ireland
Mr. G. Kremlis,Legal Unit, Directorate-General XI,
The European Commission, Rue de la Loi 2000,
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
15 December, 1997
Re: Irish failure to implement protection for upland blanket bog: Glanlough, Durrus, County Cork, Ireland
Dear Mr. Kremlis;
I am attaching a copy of an observation our organization has made on an appeal against a grant of permission by an Irish local authority for a quarrying operation in an upland blanket bog [PA Reg W/95/2808 / ABP PL 04.104599]. We believe that in designating Special Areas of Conservation for protection of this priority habitat Ireland failed to represent the value of this habitat to the European community and did not reflect:
1) Annex III (d) (Criteria for Selecting Sites): "Global assessment of the value of the site for conservation of the natural habitat concerned."
2) Article I (d) "a natural habitat type in danger of disappearance which are present on the territory referred to in Article 2 and for the conservation of which the Community has particular responsibility in view of the proportion of their natural range which falls within the territory".
We would be grateful if the commission would initiate consultation with the Irish Government as provided for under Article 5 (1) of the Habitats Directive (implemented into Irish law in Article 6 (1) of the Irish SI No. 94 of 1997) to consider Glanlough for inclusion as a Special Area of Conservation.
Further, we would draw your attention - and that of An Bord Pleanala, to whom we are copying this letter - to Article 5 (4) of this Directive: "During the consultation period and pending a Council decision, the site concerned shall be subject to Article 6 (2)". ["Member states shall take appropriate steps to avoid in the special areas of conservation, the deterioration of natural habitats."]
c/o Tony Lowes, Allihies, County Cork