Day to Day Diary

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has applied to Kerry County Council to construct a 1 km paved road at the western edge of KillarneyNational Park to facilitate human access to the heart of one of Europe and Ireland’s most sensitive nature conservation sites. 

The site is a National Park, a Special Area of Conservation, A Special Protection Area for Birds, a Natural Heritage Area, and a Core areas of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is defined in the Management Plan as ‘a wilderness area composed of a mosaic of wildlife habitats’. 

The requirements for the protection of this UNESCO Biosphere core zone would be flaunted by this development. Only ‘transitional areas’ outside of ‘core zones’ and ‘buffer zones’ in Biospheres are considered suitable for recreational activities. As UNESCO states ‘the life-supporting areas of Earth are valuable and fragile, and need to be treated with care by human beings.’ 

FIE Objection   |   Irish Times report

See what Trump was planning to put on Doonbeg Strand, notwithstanding detailed planning permission ruling just such rock armour defences as not permitted. They do not work and disrupt the natural evolution of dune systems. 

Trump is struggling to stop the erosion, which has led to 'unprecedented damage' during the winter storms. After Trump's men arrived with the stone, there was a confrontation between National Parks and Wildlife and the Local Authority on one side and the Trump men on the other. The local authority issued an Enforcement Notice on 21 February, 2014, with which the new owners complied.  

Trump's Irish solicitors, Leahy and Partners, wrote subsequently to the authorities stating that five holes were now out of service ' rendering the course unplayable and inoperative.' Greens, tees, and critical irrigation components have been lost while significant flooding and drainage Issues with 'millions of euros of damage through the site.'

Trump himself told the Irish Times that the cost of the winter's erosion was €1m.  The European Nature 2000 designation itself was reduced to the most minimal dunes, however, and these have been altered by what the NPWS calls a 'major erosion event'. Trumps attempt at rock armour is only the a taster for what is to come. 'If the environmentalists kick up, I am not concerned', Trump told the Irish Times. The site is highly protected after a 2000 Court Case by Friends of the Irish Environment that put in place a 'Letter of Comfort' ensuring any owner would abide by a protective regime for Vertigo angustior , the rare narrow-mouthed whorl snail which has thrived under a Management Agreement. An extensive annual report is required and prepared by qualified scientists each year at the cost of the owner and the site now hosts some of the longest continual records of the snail in Europe.

Read the Minutes of the meeting and the solicitors letter. See the photographs.  Read The Sunday Times and Our Press Release

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This Saturday, 29 March, at 8.30 PM will see buildings and monuments across the globe go dark for one hour as part of ‘Earth Hour.’ Earth Hour is a grassroots campaign that gives people an opportunity to show world leaders that they support positive actions to address global warming.

Individuals, communities, households and businesses are turning off their non–essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. Last year more than 7000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories took part in the campaign that began in Sydney Australia in 2007.

Iconic buildings around the world will go dark include the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, and the world brightest single location, the Strip in Las Vegas. In Ireland, Leinster House, the Custom House, the Rock of Cashel, Trim Castle, Ross Castle and Ennis Friary will all go dark. 


Friends of the Irish Environment who have supported Earth Hour since its inception, point out that Earth Hour is one way for people to demonstrate that right across the world whatever your culture or your language, we all face the same future. It’s the power of the crowd.

FIE’s Earth Hour page     |      Visit the Earth Hour website for more details


 

 

FIE is publishing on its website today a detailed 60 page report from the Marine Engineering Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries on the cause of the escape of 83,000 salmon from a farm in Inver Bay Donegal in 2010 which says it is ‘likely’ that if the Department of Agriculture had ensured adherence to licensing conditions it would have avoided the disaster.

The Engineers Report on the Inver Bay disaster reveals cost–cutting practices, lackadaisical management, and poor record keeping unchecked by the Department. It concludes ‘if a more rigorous/frequent mooring inspections programme has been in place it is possible – even likely – there would have been earlier detection which would therefore have avoided the November 2010 failures.’

The Report comes after Simon Coveney failed to provide any standards for the industry when questioned by Clare Daly, TD. Coveney recently confirmed the loss of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay on February 1, 2014, the largest escape of farmed salmon in Irish history.

These installations fall between two stools. They are not regulated by land based building regulations but neither do they fall under the Maritime Equipment Directive and Regulations because they are not on flag bearing ships. They are neither flesh nor fowl.

Report    |   Press Release  |  


 

A United Nations Committee has found there is a ‘profound suspicion of non–compliance’ over the United Kingdom’s failure to undertake trans–boundary consultations for the construction of a new nuclear plant in Somerset, England. The preliminary findings come after FIE lodged a formal complaint to the Committee in March 2013.

The investigation has been undertaken by the Implementation Committee of the United Nations Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context [Espoo].

Their letter to the UK Government cites the Convention’s primary aims as to ‘prevent, reduce, and control significant adverse transboundary impact from proposed activities’. ‘Even a low likelihood of such an impact should trigger the obligation to notify affected parties’, the Committee has told the UK Government.

Read the letter | Read the Press Release