CLICK HERE to see the FIE photographic report on 3 clearfelling sites in the West of Ireland.

The sites selected for this survey were chosen at random after an Inspection of a West Cork site at Gour, Castletownbere near the offices of Friends of the Irish Environment. None of the sites had signs indicating no entry and Coillte Teo maintains an Open Forestry policy. A Health and Safety Statement adhered to by FIE's Inspectors is available for Inspection on request.

The survey undertaken by Friends of the Environment and presented here by visual images shows that there is a consistent disregard of the Forest Service Guidelines, FSC Principles and of European Law. It demonstrates that Coillte staff and contractors have absolutely no concept of sustainable forest practices and are indeed proceeding to inflict an ‘ecological trauma' on the Irish environment that is irreversible.

 14 September, 2007





An Bord Pleanala, the planning appeals board, has overruled its Inspector and granted permission for 200 residential units in the seaside resort of Enniscrone, County Sligo. One of the designated ‘Tax Incentive Areas’ in the late 90’s, the town has been dramatically developed and developed both visual and social problems. It is hard now to escape the feeling that the politically correct Appeals Board has not sacrificed this once beautiful sea side town to the Celtic Tiger.

Read the story from the Sligo Weekender...



FIE is signing a joint NGO letter to the Council of Europe expresssing serious concerns that the current draft of the future European Convention on Access to Official Documents falls below prevailing European and international standards.

The Treaty does not even reflect existing good practice in Europe. It fails to meet the Irish standards - even though these have significant failings. See our submission on the Irish Regulations and our Press Release afterwards.

Specifically, it fails

to guarentee that individuals will have access to an appeals body with meaningful powers

to include all official documents held by legislative bodies and judicial authorities or official documents held by natural and legal persons who perform public functions

to specify certain basic categories of official documents, such as those containing financial or procurement information, that must be published proactively

to define time limits on the exemptions for internal deliberations.

The letter will be sent on September 25. Read the letter.  Better yet, visit the campaign site and support this work yourself

FIE talks with Q102 FM Dublin Radio about the new Minister for the Environment, Green Party TD John Gormley's suggestions that environmental levies on chewing gum and fast food packaging are back on the agenda. Is this really dealing with the issues we face? Listen to the discussion by clicking here.

 FIE is writing to the Minister for the Environment to draw his attention to the dangers posed by the disposal of long life light bulbs.


While welcoming the new Minister for the Environment Heritage and Local Government's recent commitment to introduce a levy on incandescent bulbs, we are requesting that it be made clear in his publicity and on the packaging that these bulbs are ‘hazardous domestic waste'. It is important that these bulbs are disposed of correctly and this needs to be clearly and noticeably highlighted on both the product and its packaging.


We are also asking the Minister to circularize Local Authorities to ensure that disposal points in recycling centers should make it clear that CFLs are Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs and separated with florescent light bulbs.


Read our Fact Sheet


And the media coverage of the ‘toxic time bomb'


while the EU fails to lift the tariff on Chinese CFCs to allow EU manufacturers time to "adjust to new patterns of production and trade".