FIE Work

Four international experts have written to the Clare Champion newspaper publicly calling on Clare County Council to be ‘diligent’ as the beach at Donald Trump’s Doonbeg golf course is ‘still under threat’ from revised proposals.

 

The authors of ‘The World’s Beaches, A Global Guide to the Science of the Shoreline’,  say that ‘We believe that the public may not be aware that, in effect, the proposed work at Doonbeg Golf course project hasn’t really changed and still involves emplacement of beach-destroying seawalls.’

 

Instead of the walls, the authors recommend that ‘the currently affected holes can be located further from the shoreline if the need arises (most likely at less cost than constructing/maintaining walls). This approach will preserve the beach for future generations, maintain the recreational course, and set a good example for future Irish coastal management in this time of rapidly rising sea levels.’

 

#NatureTrumpsWalls is calling on supporters asking them to support their objection to the Council and have set up a website for this mass action at http://www.savethewaves.org/objection/.

 

Press Release and full text of letter

 

 

 

 

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.

 

See our Press Release

 

 

 

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:

http://www.savethewaves.org/stw-shop/membership/

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#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.

 

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.’

 

Visit the Boycott website

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

http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/press-releases/17399-investigation-into-felling-of-oaks-in-heritage-woodland-begins-8-months-after-report

Full text of PQs

http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/library/17397-castleforbes-illegal-oak-felling-parliamentary-questions-2016

 

Background

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

http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/press-releases/17361-death-of-birds-decried-department-double-standards

 

The Village Magazine: ‘Castleforboding’, November 2016

 

http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/images/pdf/castleforboding-village-nov-2016.pdf