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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.’

Attachments:
Download this file (KCC Cascade objection.pdf)KCC Cascade objection.pdf[Objection to Kilarney National Park road]156 kB

"The Trumps stated that it had been intended to bury the purchased rock armour on site, as per the existing planning permission. NPWS noted that the permission specified the use of seabees (hexagonal hollow concrete blocks) rather than natural rock and expressed a concern to the Trumps and to the CoCo that using a different material may not be in line with the permission and that it may cause more damage to the site than the concrete materials if exposed.  NPWS also advised the Trumps that any works that may be entered into prematurely may not achieve the desired goal of halting erosion and may in fact cause more damage to the site."

FIE's complaint that EU EIA law was undermined by Ireland by not subjecting the Masterplan for the Ballymun regeneration plan to EIA has been closed after 14 years. Ballymun was the largest urban regeneration in the history of the state, demolishing the 1960's tower blocks and decanting the residents into houses. Not only was the Masterplan not subject to EIA, but demolition was excluded by Ireland from EIA requirements. The 14 seperate applications then required residents to make 14 objections if they wished to object to the project. FIE's complaint joined others about the EIA process in Ireland and resulted in a judgment against Ireland  C-50/09 and tweleve legislative Statuatory Instruments in 2012, satisfying the Court Judgment. These provisions were explained in new Guidelines distributed to all planning authorities on 28 March 2013.

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Download this file (EU_closure_ballymun_18.03.14.pdf)EU_closure_ballymun_18.03.14.pdf[EU closure of FIE Ballymun complaint]1794 kB

"While there was a consensus at the conclusion of
our meeting as to the appropriate actions to be taken and a good faith
agreement to work towards mutual cooperation, we have been instructed by our
client to pursue all available legal remedies in the event these emergency
measures are disrupted."

Attachments:
Download this file (Doonbeg legal letter 26.02.14.doc)Doonbeg legal letter 26.02.14.doc[Legal letter from Doonbeg from Donal Trump]45 kB

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 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.

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Download this file (Aie14005Record1InverBay.pdf)Aie14005Record1InverBay.pdf[ ]10811 kB