The Judicial Review granted to FIE by the High Court challenging a windfarm near Donald Trump’s Doonbeg Golf Resort is to be fast-tracked in the Commercial Court.
FIE first successfully opposed the developer’s 45 turbine windfarm in the area in 2012 to protect the freshwater pearl mussel. As 31 turbines were subsequently permitted with a further 13 in the neighbourhood, this new application for 12 turbines had been refused by Clare County Council and refusal recommended by the Appeal Board’s Inspector to protect the fresh water pearl mussel but granted nonetheless by the Board itself.
This is a species in severe decline and, in many cases, unable to reproduce because of poor water quality. As the mussel lives in fast-flowing rivers, the tiny juvenile mussels have to burrow into the river bed to prevent being washed to sea. With the increase in nutrients and sediment entering rivers, the gravels into which they burrow become clogged with silt, algae and rooted-plants, so the young mussels can no longer survive. In many Irish rivers, pollution has become so severe that the adults are also dying, starved of oxygen and food.
The Boycott Farmed Salmon’s 2016 Christmas campaign has added the word ‘ORGANIC’ to its campaign’s name after the Minister refused to enforce the EU Regulations which require that whenever chemical medicines are used on organic products ‘treated stock shall be clearly identifiable’.
‘Organic operators meet this requirement’ the Minister told the Oireachtas in a written parliamentary reply earlier this year, ‘by maintaining information at their premises’
The purpose of organic regulations are so that consumers can differentiate chemically treated products from products that have not been chemically treated. We urge the public to boycott organic farmed salmon this Christmas if they have any respect for those who buy and sell organic products in a relationship of trust with the public.’
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
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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’.