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IPCC Report – Strong emissions reduction now the only way to avoid destabilised future.IPCC Report – Strong emissions reduction now the only way to avoid destabilised future.

IPCC Report – Strong emissions reduction now the only way to avoid destabilised future.

Government must introduce an annual carbon budget which has a path to near-zero emissions by 2050

Today’s launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report tells us that only rapid and sustained cuts to carbon emissions will allow us to avoid catastrophic climate change. 

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UN Report’s findings call Food Harvest 2020 into doubtUN Report’s findings call Food Harvest 2020 into doubt

Food Harvest 2020 will not contribute to increasing food security – An Taisce

An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland - has welcomed the recent publication of a report[1] by the outgoing United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter.  However, the findings of the report raise fresh concerns about export oriented agricultural policies, such as the industry-led and Irish government-supported Food Harvest 2020 programme (FH2020).

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Limerick County Council must improve Sustainable Workplace PlanningLimerick County Council must improve Sustainable Workplace Planning

Limerick County Council asked to step up and meet its commitments on sustainable workplace planning

Progressive policy included by junior planner but crossed out by senior colleague

Limerick is Ireland's sustainable travel demonstration city.  But Limerick County Council needs to do more to meet its commitments under the €9.3m programme funded by the Department of Transport. 

 

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An Taisce obtains leave to take Hinkley Point legal challenge to the Court of Appeal in LondonAn Taisce obtains leave to take Hinkley Point legal challenge to the Court of Appeal in London

An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland - today successfully obtained leave to take its Hinkley Point legal challenge to the Court of Appeal in London

At the end of a brief hearing in London this morning, An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland - was granted leave to take its legal challenge regarding Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the Court of Appeal.  The case is likely to be heard before the end of the summer.

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An Taisce and Regeneron agree solutions for a Sustainable WorkplaceAn Taisce and Regeneron agree solutions for a Sustainable Workplace

An Taisce and Regeneron agree solutions for a Sustainable Workplace

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland and Regeneron, have identified and embraced solutions regarding sustainable workplace travel.  As a result, barring any further objections, Regeneron will soon begin the major portion of the company’s proposed €220m investment in Raheen Business Park, Co Limerick.  The Regeneron facility will employ 300 people and An Taisce has worked with the company on a strategy to boost sustainable transport and minimise car dependency among staff when the facility comes fully on-stream in 2016.

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An Taisce prevents 'drive thru' in inner-urban Navan site adjacent to a schoolAn Taisce prevents 'drive thru' in inner-urban Navan site adjacent to a school

An Taisce prevents 'drive thru' in inner-urban Navan site adjacent to a school

An Taisce has successfully appealed a 'drive thru' at Brew's Hill, Navan, Co Meath.  The subject site was immediately adjacent to the entrance to St. Joseph's Mercy Primary School. An Taisce's primary concern was the exposure of students to foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar.

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Fly in the face of bullying over Airline ETSFly in the face of bullying over Airline ETS

An Taisce calls on MEP’s to ‘Fly in the face of bullying over Airline ETS’ Please vote NO to the dismantling of the Aviation ETS

EU member states have succumbed to pressure from third countries and the aviation industry and decided to shrink the aviation emissions trading system (ETS) to only cover flights between EU airports until 2016.  This decision leaves long-haul flights totally unregulated and sends the signal internationally that EU sovereignty can be curtailed through outside pressure.

 

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Why does Prime Time continue to promote Punch and Judy ShowsWhy does Prime Time continue to promote Punch and Judy Shows

Ireland’s leading Climate Scientist withdraws from Prime Time on Climate Change

 

Prime Time invited John Sweeney, Ireland’s leading Climate Scientist, onto the Panel and some members of An Taisce into the audience for next Tuesday’s show on ‘Climate Change’.  We looked forward to contributing to the debate on how we should deal with the serious problems that ‘Climate Change’ will present to our children and grandchildren.

However, we have since learnt that Prime Time will be flying a ‘Climate Denier’ in from the UK for the night.  We suppose that they have the idea that a ‘Punch and Judy’ show between opposing members of the panel will make ‘Good Television’, one which will certainly generate much heat but very little light.

John Sweeney has decided not to participate and An Taisce has decided to boycott this Prime Time show. 

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An Taisce have not appealed Dell regeneration but have suggested an improvementAn Taisce have not appealed Dell regeneration but have suggested an improvement

An Taisce is seeking an amendment to improve public transport access to a very welcome development.

An Taisce is not objecting to the Regeneron development, which we consider an entirely welcome use for the former Dell factory.  We are simply seeking an amendment that will see the incorporation of a mobility management plan. 

The proposed change seeks to reduce congestion by enhancing public transport, walking and cycling access to the plant.

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An Bord Pleanála ignores climate science and Government policy - againAn Bord Pleanála ignores climate science and Government policy - again

An Bord Pleanála ignores climate science and Government policy - again

An Bord Pleanála has shown once again that it is ignoring climate science and Government transport policy in its decision-making on key planning applications. 

 

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Ireland needs a holistic energy planIreland needs a holistic energy plan

Stand down of agreements to export renewable energy to the UK gives a vital window to address Ireland's energy needs.

In the wake of the announcement last week by the Minister for Energy, Communication and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, that plans to export wind energy from Ireland to the UK are unlikely to go ahead in the short term [1], An Taisce has asked the Minister to advance a holistic energy plan for Ireland.

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An Taisce publishes ‘Schematic Map’ of Dublin Transport ProposalsAn Taisce publishes ‘Schematic Map’ of Dublin Transport Proposals

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland supports the sensible list of Public Transport projects in the draft Integrated Implementation Plan for the Greater Dublin Area, and the Bus Rapid Transit proposals.   To help illustrate the benefits of the proposals An Taisce has published a schematic 'London Underground' style map of current transport proposals that might realistically happen. It includes the Red and Green Luas, the Phoenix Park Tunnel, Maynooth and Kildare line electrification, and the three Bus Rapid Transit Routes.

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Converting by-products to biofuel will deliver jobsConverting by-products to biofuel will deliver jobs

Converting by-products to biofuel, particularly residues from agriculture, forestry and food processing, can deliver a significant jobs boost, but only if the right policies are put in place now, according to An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland.

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New ESB scheme for Fitzwilliam St. must deliver mixed useNew ESB scheme for Fitzwilliam St. must deliver mixed use

In advance of a key vote by Dublin City Council this day week (3rd. March), An Taisce has said a planning application by the ESB for Fitzwilliam St must prioritise the re-population of the area. 

"At night there is hardly a lit window along Fitzwilliam St and the ESB's ultimate planning application must redress this" said An Taisce Policy Director James Nix.

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Government's alternative vision for Irish agriculture in support of the environmentGovernment's alternative vision for Irish agriculture in support of the environment
Internal government documents obtained by An Taisce reveal alternative vision for Irish agriculture in support of the environment.
 

Essential reading for anyone interested in farming, nature conservation and Ireland’s environment more generally.

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An Taisce’s creates ‘Buildings at Risk’ database for Dublin to illustrate urgent protection requiredAn Taisce’s creates ‘Buildings at Risk’ database for Dublin to illustrate urgent protection required

Press release is here .....

 

Natures Way Booklets AvailableNatures Way Booklets Available
An Taisce has produced a series of illustrated booklets called Nature’s Way. These booklets have been part funded by the Irish Environmental Network (IEN) biodiversity fund and the Natural Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

The booklets aim to be fun and informative through brilliant illustrations and engaging, accessible text. The cartoons and illustrations are amusing in places and help readers to remember some of the issues and concepts, as well as inviting them to read the booklet. The messages are crafted to be appealing, and memorable. read more ...

Submissions made by An TaisceSubmissions made by An Taisce
Recent Submissions made by An Taisce are available at the 'Sumissions' Tab above or here read more ...

Westmeath An Taisce WebsiteWestmeath An Taisce Website

The National Trust for Ireland and the International National TrustsThe National Trust for Ireland and the International National Trusts

An Taisce is the National Trust for Ireland and we manage a number of built and natural heritage properties in Ireland, with the participation of local communities.  We have have restored the Tailor's Hall, which is our headquarters in Dublin. 

Holders of an An Taisce membership card are entitled to concessionary access to heritage properties in Ireland (North & South) and around the World.
 



Protecting and preserving Ireland's heritage since 1948 “An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, is founded entirely for the benefit of the people: our hope is that people will in turn do their part.”

Robert Lloyd Praeger
Founder, An Taisce, 1948



 


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