FIE CHALLENGE TO FIRST STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURE ACT PROJECT

FIE's challenge in the High Court to the first decision to be given for a project under the new ‘fast track' Strategic Infrastructure Act, a Liquefied Natural Gas [LNG] Terminal near Tarbert on the Shannon estuary, ended after four days in the High Court on 17 October, 2007.

Until now, a planning decision given by a local authority can be appealed to An Bord Pleanala. But under the 2006 Strategic Infrastructure Act An Bord Pleanala itself makes the planning decision in the first instance and there is no further appeal.

Since the Aarhus Convention, European Directives have given citizens the right to a review of a decision that is ‘timely, equitable, and not prohibitive expensive'. It must be of all ‘substantive and procedural' legal matters.

That is what FIE was seeking in its application to the Court.

Press Release

Read about the astonishing growth of dead zones along our coast - with the key cause world-wide the bad management of nitrates for crops by farmers.

FIE CHALLENGE TO FIRST STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURE ACT PROJECT

FIE's challenge in the High Court to the first decision to be given for a project under the new ‘fast track' Strategic Infrastructure Act, a Liquefied Natural Gas [LNG] Terminal near Tarbert on the Shannon estuary, ended after four days in the High Court on 17 October, 2007.

Until now, a planning decision given by a local authority can be appealed to An Bord Pleanala. But under the 2006 Strategic Infrastructure Act An Bord Pleanala itself makes the planning decision in the first instance and there is no further appeal.

Since the Aarhus Convention, European Directives have given citizens the right to a review of a decision that is ‘timely, equitable, and not prohibitive expensive'. It must be of all ‘substantive and procedural' legal matters.

That is what FIE was seeking in its application to the Court.

Press Release

 

FIE is seeking the official release of a Report commissioned by the Departement of the Environment to quantify the ammount and nature of the toxic waste on Haulbowline Island. The Report by NRGE, submitted to the Department in September, shows contaminated buried material more than 1,000,000, the surface contamination shown by the 'official' WYG Report.

 

IN MEMORIAM - Ireland's lost plants and animals

Biodiversity Day 2008
FIE mourns the extinct species of Ireland

The oldest living animal in Ireland has become functionally extinct in the last few years.

The claim comes as the environmental lobby group Friends of the Irish Environment have established a section of their website for Biodiversity Day 2008 with a list of extinct Irish animals, birds, and plants.

The lists includes 24 Irish species that have become extinct, including the grey wolf, the great Auk, the osprey, the wild cat, and the corn bunting. The fresh water pearl mussel, which can live to more than 130 years, has been shown by recent research to have become functionally extinct in the last few years.

In a slide show on their site, a display dramatically shows the rate of loss of viable mussels since the 1960's across Ireland until today there are none. Declining water quality, and specifically clearfelling of forestry, is the reason for the loss of this species.

A separate sequence of maps shows the decline of the hen harrier.

In a WHAT YOU CAN DO section of the website, the group gives the worlds main causes of species extinction in Ireland as:

Loss of habitat (buildings and roads, recreation, peat extraction, forestry, and overgrazing)

Pollution of water (sewage, pesticides, fertilizers, and silt)

Over exploitation (at sea commercial fishing - the Marine Institute gives 75% of Ireland's stock are outside the ‘safe' biological limits - on land grazing is given in the 2008 Report on Habitats and Species as the major cause of habitat loss)

Alien species (rhododendrons on land, the zebra mussels in water)

Climate change (The IPCC gives 20 - 30% of species as at immediate risk from climate change)

A spokesman said that ‘Individuals can help with every one of these problems by the way they live - by the life-style choices they make and what by they do - and do not - consume.

Otherwise, the list will only grow longer.'

Extinction Page

SLIDE SHOWS:
Fresh water pearl mussel

Hen harrier