Day to Day Diary

in Kenmare, County Kerry - but pleases many residents of the town - by quoting from the newly published 'The Traveler's Guide to Sacred Sites in Ireland' which suggests that one of Ireland's finest stone circles has been turned into a 'feature garden', calling it 'like seeing an elephant in a tutu - I'd rather not'. The owners, having lost an appeal against Kerry County's Council's grant of three bungalows around the circle which is in the town itself, have closed off the traditional right of way. They are now proceeding to charge for entrance, having surrounded the circle with garden leylandii which are blocking the view of those who do not pay.
Read our letter to the authorities -
and the Irish Times coverage today.
in Kenmare, County Kerry - but pleases many residents of the town - by quoting from the newly published 'The Traveler's Guide to Sacred Sites in Ireland' which suggests that one of Ireland's finest stone circles has been turned into a 'feature garden', calling it 'like seeing an elephant in a tutu - I'd rather not'. The owners, having lost an appeal against Kerry County's Council's grant of three bungalows around the circle which is in the town itself, have closed off the traditional right of way. They are now proceeding to charge for entrance, having surrounded the circle with garden leylandii which are blocking the view of those who do not pay.
Read our letter to the authorities -
and the Irish Times coverage today.
As construction is halted at work on one Lough Ree Marina, Roscommon County Council tries to use a loophole in the planning regulations to permit a new marina at the other end of Lough Ree without normal planning permission, eliminating our right to appeal a decision that they will make as 'judge in their own court.'
Read our objection ,
our letter to the Appeals Board

and the Irish Times excellent coverage of our work.

As construction is halted at work on one Lough Ree Marina, Roscommon County Council tries to use a loophole in the planning regulations to permit a new marina at the other end of Lough Ree without normal planning permission, eliminating our right to appeal a decision that they will make as 'judge in their own court.'
Read our objection ,
our letter to the Appeals Board

and the Irish Times excellent coverage of our work.
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!
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 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