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Read FIEs submission to FSC auditors, Woodmark, who are about to undertake a surveilance audit of Coilltes forest management practices. Current forestry management is unsustainbale and leads to soil erosion, landslides, and water pollution.

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FIE’s letter to Pat Rabbitte asking him to make his views known on the Ombudsman’s acceptance of DAFF’s contention that Inland Fisheries Ireland’s submission on sea lice and salmon farms contained ‘many inaccuracies’, ‘fundamental errors’, and ‘omissions of relevant facts and misleading commentaries’ which “would have had disastrous results for Ireland’s reputation had it sent the report to the European Commission”.

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The Appeal against 12 turbine windfarm in County Wicklow that addressed the issue of peat drainage and peat sheer dangers. The Board reduced the number of turbines from 12 to 7 in acknowldgment of the concerns. The appeal follows on two previous appeals on nature conservation grounds at Doonbeg in County Clare and another in Galway where the Board supported our appeal and the local communities and refused permission.

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The Ombudsman’s rejection of FIE’s complaint that DAFF did not provide the views requested by the Commission from IFI on sea lice and salmon during the EU Pilot investigation. The Ombudsman made no attempt whatsoever to investigate the issue, simply accepting DAFF’s statements that the IFI report contained ‘many inaccuracies’ and ‘fundamental errors’, stating that ‘the files reveal that the report had serious inaccuracies, omissions of relevant facts and misleading commentaries’. As the revised report ‘contained the same factually incorrect and misleading statements’, DAFF said that the particular report ‘would have had disastrous results for Ireland’s reputation had it sent the report to the European Commission.’ The Ombudsman failed to ‘consider the content of any of the reports pertinent to sea lice or other maritime activities on file because we do not have the expertise to make any comment whatsoever, rather our role is confined to examining complaints about maladministration’. Put simply, the Ombudsman made no attempt whatsoever to investigate the complaint, simply accepting word for word DAFF’s claims that we had challenged.

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Letters seeking authorisation for Michael Flatley holding rhino specimens in his Irish castle.

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