Day to Day Diary

As the Oireachtas begins to debate the proposed new restrictions to the Freedom of Information Act, FIE lodges a complaint with the EU that the new up front fee for a request is an infringement of the EU Directive on Access to Information on the Environment. Read our Complaint to EU and our Press Release - not covered by any of the Irish papers.
As the Oireachtas begins to debate the proposed new restrictions to the Freedom of Information Act, FIE lodges a complaint with the EU that the new up front fee for a request is an infringement of the EU Directive on Access to Information on the Environment. Read our Complaint to EU and our Press Release - not covered by any of the Irish papers.
The Supreme Court upholds the Carrickmines protester's right to have their case heard at a full hearing, regardless of their inability to meet the costs of the delay. In perhaps the best environmental Judgment to date, the Court agreed to hear arguments about the definition of a national monument and the protection afforded to it in Irish law. Read the remarkably clear Judgement!
The Supreme Court upholds the Carrickmines protester's right to have their case heard at a full hearing, regardless of their inability to meet the costs of the delay. In perhaps the best environmental Judgment to date, the Court agreed to hear arguments about the definition of a national monument and the protection afforded to it in Irish law. Read the remarkably clear Judgement!
FIE appeals Cork County Council's decision to allow the construction of a 300 metre long 17 metre wide 5 metre high tidal barrage to bisect the Clonakilty Bay Special Area of Conservation. The real reason for this barrage is not flood control but a way to trap water long enough for the most avaricious of West Cork towns to hold weekend regattas. [This file links you to our analysis of the Board's decision to grant, with contradictory conditions that make development open to challenge.]
FIE appeals Cork County Council's decision to allow the construction of a 300 metre long 17 metre wide 5 metre high tidal barrage to bisect the Clonakilty Bay Special Area of Conservation. The real reason for this barrage is not flood control but a way to trap water long enough for the most avaricious of West Cork towns to hold weekend regattas. [This file links you to our analysis of the Board's decision to grant, with contradictory conditions that make development open to challenge.]
The European Commission upholds FIE's complaint on behalf of 68 community and environmental groups that the €20 fee for commenting on planning applications under the EIA Directive is a barrier to our rights to participate in the decision making process. In an epoch making Reasoned Opinion, the Commission has quoted copiously from the General Council of County Councils and the 14 Local Authorities that passed motions against the fee, submissions obtained by FIE under Freedom of Information [FOI]. This ruling by the Commission may be the most important EU environmental decision to date. Read the Reasoned Opinion, probably the last we will be able to publish because of the forthcoming restrictions. This will be resisted by the Irish authorities to the bitter end, as we said in original 1999 Press Release: 'It has been suggested that the proposals are unconstitutional but the attitude of the Irish Courts to those individuals who take environmental cases in the public interest gives us little hope that the matter can be resolved effectively within Ireland.' Press Release from launch of €20 Planning Fee Campaign List of original community groups Reasoned Opinion Summary of submissions to the Minister Taoiseach's gobble-de-gook response
The European Commission upholds FIE's complaint on behalf of 68 community and environmental groups that the €20 fee for commenting on planning applications under the EIA Directive is a barrier to our rights to participate in the decision making process. In an epoch making Reasoned Opinion, the Commission has quoted copiously from the General Council of County Councils and the 14 Local Authorities that passed motions against the fee, submissions obtained by FIE under Freedom of Information [FOI]. This ruling by the Commission may be the most important EU environmental decision to date. Read the Reasoned Opinion, probably the last we will be able to publish because of the forthcoming restrictions. This will be resisted by the Irish authorities to the bitter end, as we said in original 1999 Press Release: 'It has been suggested that the proposals are unconstitutional but the attitude of the Irish Courts to those individuals who take environmental cases in the public interest gives us little hope that the matter can be resolved effectively within Ireland.' Press Release from launch of €20 Planning Fee Campaign List of original community groups Reasoned Opinion Summary of submissions to the Minister Taoiseach's gobble-de-gook response
Having had no positive reply to our requests to the Ministers involved to publish a Report that shows the disasterous results of the current national policy, we publish it ourselves.


Subsequently, the Government placed the Report on its website.

Timber Industry Group Report

See also our comprehensive summary of the report in the Forest Network Newsletter. FNN 84

This includes the story from FOI material about how the IFA had the report buried, afraid farmers would lose confidence in the current conifer planting policy.