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Save The Waves Coalition

9 DEC 2016 — Together, we have DEFEATED TRUMP'S IRISH WALL.

With over 100,000 signatures on the #NatureTrumpsWalls petition, Trump International Golf Links (TIGL) has officially rescinded their proposal for the controversial 3km seawall at Doughmore Beach, Ireland!!!

This represents a HUGE campaign milestone and we THANK YOU for your activism on the issue. Each petition signature was sent to the local decision-makers and we are confident that the mounting pressure forced TIGL to abandon their proposal. 

But the fight is not over yet! The Trump Organization has already revealed alternative proposals - so stand guard as we will likely need your support again very soon. 

If you are inspired by this campaign and want to support Save The Waves' global efforts to protect the places you love, please become a Save The Waves Member:


#NatureTrumpsWalls is a coalition of organizations including Save The Waves Coalition, Friends of the Irish Environment, Save Doughmore Beach Group, West Coast Surf Club, Irish Surfing Association, and Surfrider Foundation Europe.


It has taken FIE 8 months and two sets of Parliamentary Questions by Independent TD Clare Daly to force the Minister for Agriculture to open an investigation of forestry activities in an ancient woodland in County Longford.


30 mature specimen oaks of veneer quality were felled in spite of a specific condition protecting them in the license, as were sequoias of up to 100 years old. A condition imposed by the Parks and Wildlife Service that the 7 hectare area where the oaks stood was to replanted only with broadleaves was ignored and the entire area planted with Sitka spruce.


A report by the National Parks and Wildlife Service confirming the felling of the protected oaks produced to inform a Parliamentary Reply to a written question about the felling in December 2015 was never provided to the Deputy who asked the question and was never reported by the NPWS to the Forest Service.


Full Press Release

Full text of PQs



May 2016 FIE PR on Felling During Bird Breeding Season at Castleforbes


The Village Magazine: ‘Castleforboding’, November 2016


Walking The Earth is a literary expedition designed to share extraordinary places and people on our planet that are worth protecting and supporting. Each story centers around walking as a human activity that has linked people and places throughout time across the globe around the world. Today we have released Frank Reidy’s wonderful story from Ireland, “Walking With The Donald.” It involves global warming which Mr. Trump believes is “bullshit” in the United States, but a real threat and the core contributor to rising sea levels, and stronger storms, in Ireland. And the story is about the fight between Donald Trump and this small snail and the valiant efforts of the Friends Of The Irish Environment to protect it.



A Parliamentary Question seeking information about felling in an ancient woodland in Castleforbes demesne in County Longford confirmed the felling of Oak trees between 60 and 80 years old  in spite of a specific condition in the felling licence protecting the trees.


The information was contained in a Report prepared by the Parks and Wildlife Service to inform a reply to a written Parliamentary Question tabled on 1 December, 2015. The question, by then Longford/Westmeath TD James Bannon, FG, asked Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht ‘the action she will take to save the oak woodlands (details supplied) in County Longford; and if she will make a statement on the matter.’ The Minister replied that ‘My Department is investigating this matter and I will write to the Deputy when I have received a report.’


The license which was restricted to ‘firewood’ identified approximately 30 mature oaks which were to be protected, stating: ‘Leave all Oak, Holly, and Rowan standing”. The Report confirmed the recent felling of all the Oaks.


The Deputy never received the promised reply. An investigation by FIE which discovered the Report also revealed further felling this Spring of California Redwoods which the contractor had assured the Forest Service ‘would not be felled’.


Read the full Press Release

 The courts confirmed last week that the Edenderry Power plant permission should have considered the indirect impacts of the extraction of 1.2 million tons of peat a year, vindicated environmentalists’ legal challenges to the continued operation of the plant.

The challenges to the permission to extend the life of the plant beyond 2016 resulted in the final quashing of the permission last week by Justice Michael White. A stay on the order, which requires the decommissioning of the plant, has been granted by the Courts until April 2017 in order that a ‘fall back’ application for its continuance may be considered by An Bord Pleanala.


However, while admitting An Taisce’s case that indirect effects of the extraction of the fuel should have been considered as part of the environmental impact assessment [EIA] required by law, he ruled against FIE who brought a parallel case over the failure to consider the impacts through Appropriate Assessment [AA] under the Habitats Directive.


Read about the case   /   read all about FIE’s work on industrial peat extraction