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12th June 2018

Seaweed Foraging in Muckross Bay

Local Association Event
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Meet at Car Park in Carrick, Co Donegal

Meet at 2.30 p.m. There will be a free bus to and from Muckross Beach. The day combines fun with interest. We start with a guided seaweed foraging session (lasting about 2 hours) on Muckros Beach, Kilcar. Wear wellingtons or other waterproof footwear – the seaweed will be wet even though the tide is out. We will have an opportunity to visit visit Algaran, Glencolmcille to see the organic cosmetics and foodstuffs produced from sea weed. Our guide is Rosaria Piseri of Algaran. There is no need to book. Everyone Welcome - Free.

Cost An Taisce Members: 
free
Cost Non Members: 
free

Dublin Garden Squares Seminar 2018

Independent Event
Friday, June 22, 2018
The Studio - dlr LexIcon Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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Date: Friday 22nd June 2018
Time: 09:45-13:30 (registration from 09:30)
Location: The Studio - dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Nbnz7Uuzsov

Dublin Garden Squares Day moves to moves to Dún Laoghaire this year with a half-day seminar hosted in The Studio - dlr LexIcon theatre. It will feature local and international speakers focusing on the historic evolution of Dún Laoghaire-Monkstown within the wider context of garden square development in Europe.

The seminar will be followed by a walking tour of Victorian Dún Laoghaire with well-known artist and historian, Peter Pearson.

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

09:30 Registration

09:45 Welcome & Introduction Geraldine Walsh, CEO, Dublin Civic Trust

09:55 Garden Squares of Dublin Graham Hickey, Conservation Director, Dublin Civic Trust

10:25 Historic Development of Dún Laoghaire Laura Johnstone, Architect & PhD candidate University College Dublin

10:50 Managing Parks & Squares of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Ruairi O'Dulaing, Senior Parks Superintendent, DLR County Council

11:20 Tea/Coffee Break

11:45 From Pleasure Ground to Garden Square - Belgrave Square, Monkstown Rebecca Jeffares, Landscape Historian & Hon. Secretary, Dublin Civic Trust

12:05 The Locals’ Perspective – Managing Change Justin Tuite & Ross Cahill O’Brien Architects & residents of Clarinda Park & Crosthwaite Park

12:35 'Square Pegs & Square Holes' Chris Sumner, London Parks & Gardens Trust

13:05 No Pasaran - Taksim Square Istanbul Ozlem Gul, Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

13:30 Close

14:30 Guided Tour of the Squares of Dún Laoghaire hosted by An Taisce Led by Peter Pearson, Artist & Historian Meet at north door of dlr LexIcon near Brambles café

Light refreshments are served at 11:20. Lunch is not included.

The event is free but booking is required. BOOK ONLINE NOW https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dublin-garden-squares-seminar-2018-tickets-46764623247?mc_cid=0505979eb0&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d

Dublin Garden Squares Seminar 2018 is generously supported by: DLR County Council.

A Dublin Civic Trust event.

Guided Nature Walk Ballywhoriskey to Fanad Head, Co Donegal

Local Association Event
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Meet at Fanad Head Lighthouse

Meet at 11 a.m. Duration c. 3 hours. Free bus transfer to Ballywhoriskey Pier. Walk from Ballywhoriskey back towards the lighthouse, return bus will pick you up along the way. Guided Nature walk of geology, bird and plant life of the sea shore, sand dunes and machair. Guide is Ralph Sheppard. Everyone is welcome. Suitable for all age groups. No dogs except guide dogs please. No need to book. Free. This walk is in association with Birdwatch Ireland and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland..

Cost An Taisce Members: 
free
Cost Non Members: 
free

Butterfly and Orchid Walk_Sheskinmore, Donegal

Local Association Event
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Sheskinmore, Near Ardara

Time 11.00 a.m. Meet at McGlincheys’ House, Sandfield, off the Ardara Portnoo Rd. Guides: Bob Aldwell and Maurice Simms A 4 hour leisurely looped walk in the “top butterfly site in Donegal”. Many species of orchids and other plants. Butterflies that may be seen here in July are Dark Green Fritillary, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Green Veined White and Ringlet. No dogs (except Guide Dogs) please. Everyone is welcome. No need to book. Free

Cost An Taisce Members: 
free
Cost Non Members: 
free

Sand Dunes and Pine Forest_Horn Head, Dunfanaghy

Local Association Event
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Horn Head, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal

Time 11 a.m. Duration 2 hours Meet at the Car park of St Michaels GAA Club (by kind permission of the club) Summer flowers, butterflies, plants and bird life of the forest, sand dunes and machair. The history of the formation of the New Lake and of these sand dunes Organised in association with Birdwatch Ireland and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Guide: Ralph Sheppard No dogs (except Guide Dogs) please. Everyone is Welcome, No need to book. Free .

Cost An Taisce Members: 
free
Cost Non Members: 
free

Help with Heritage Bill - June 19th

12th June 2018
Report

We really need your help in this final push to influence TDs in their vote on the Heritage Bill. We understand that the bill is coming back into the Dáil next week, June 19th - no time to spare on this one.

We are asking you to write to your TDs to ask them to remove Sections 7 and 8 of the Heritage Bill.

We attach some key points below (Heritage Bill Key Points.pdf) but we implore you to please tailor your own letter to your TDs. When the Bill was in the Seanad, the Senators applauded the quality of the tailor-made letters.

Tell TDs that you want thriving hedgerows and healthy mountains for our birds and bees and to remove Sections 7 and 8. And additional points from the attached Heritage Bill Briefing Notes. DON’T SEND ONE EMAIL TO ALL-PLEASE EMAIL THE TDs/COUNCILLORS SEPARATELY

We need to raise awareness with local TDs in the hope that they will vote against Sections 7 and 8 of the Bill.

Many thanks

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2018 AGM

13th June 2018
Report

Dear Member,

Make a note of the date 8th September for this year's AGM with discussions on organisational matters of importance AND an afternoon session on Sustainable Development Goals as they impact on Ireland's heritage.

The AGM promises to be an interesting event this year. There will inevitably be reports on how the organisation is developing and possible restructuring of the different units. Inter-related to these issues is the progress of updating our governance, which will require a renewed constitution. But for those less interested in organisational matters (important though they are) the afternoon session will provide a particularly interesting overview of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are inviting outside speakers to join our own staff and voluntary experts to bring us up to date with new ways of linking the global to the local. Members are invited to join us for the afternoon, even if they want to skip the business part of the day. The usual notice of meeting with timings of all this will be sent nearer the day.

We would also like to ask members again if you'd like to get more involved by joining our council, or by encouraging someone you know who might have some special interest or expertise in heritage to join in. Council members and others are encouraged to participate in one of An Taisce's committees: the Climate Committee and Natural Environment Committee are strong and function efficiently, other committees need development, that is the Built Environment Committee and the Properties Committee. New committees also need to be established: a Fund Raising and Membership Development Committee.

If you or someone you know would like to join Council nominations should be sent to info@antaisce.org

Report from CAN Europe

7th May 2018
Report

Phil Kearney of An Taisce Climate Change Committee attended the CAN Europe General Assembly -

Please find below a brief account of the CAN Europe General Assembly (GA) and workshop on National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) which was held in Brussels on April 17th - 19th. Jenny (Christian Aid) and Jerry (SCC) also attended. Thanks are due to Jenny for promoting the idea of attending the GA.

Perhaps the most significant outcome is the offer from CAN to come to Dublin in the relatively near future and to run a 1-day capacity building workshop on whatever topics we choose. (I will work on this with Jenny & Jerry).

My purpose in attending the GA was twofold - informing myself about climate policy and activism at the wider European level and considering whether An Taisce/ATCC should apply for formal membership. As far as the latter is concerned, I am firmly in support of AT/CC joining and will be bringing a proposal to this effect to An Taisce.

CAN were very welcoming and happy for me to attend in an observer capacity. This gave me access to all elements of the GA and associated events. It was extremely well run and involved plenary and small group sessions on an array of topics. See programmes of GA & workshop attached.

The NECP workshop included presentations from a number of countries on their preparation for their NECPs including Sweden (which has already prepared a first draft), France, the Netherlands and the UK. These countries are light years ahead of Ireland in terms of ambition in some respects.

There were presentations (unfortunately not recorded) from Christiana Figueres (ex-UNFCC Exec Sec.) and Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, prominent Belgian climate scientist and long-term IPCC author, who recently failed to become its chair. He was elected to the CANEurope Board at the GA.

The attendance was much wider than the EU with strong delegations from Turkey (where a rooftop solar revolution was reported in the wake of new legislation in Jan 2018) and the Western Balkans where CAN has full-time staff located.

A meeting with the Irish Permanent Representative, Pat Fenton, also took place. Jerry and Jenny attended. I was unable to make it due to a hitch in my travel arrangements. Apparently Pat delivered a long monologue giving the standard line that the previous EU targets for Ireland were far too ambitious and blaming the Green Party for same.

It was also very good to meet with other Irish activists in Brussels - Molly Walsh of FoE and James Nix of T&E. Both are major resources.

I want to acknowledge the financial support from IEN in covering my travelling expenses by ferry and train to Brussels. I encourage others to consider attending this very stimulating and informative event. It is twice per annum and the next one is in October (22nd-24th).

Best,

Phil.

Dirty Diesels Dumped in Ireland

29th April 2018
Press Release

As other EU countries propose increased restrictions on toxic polluting diesel cars, Ireland is now a dumping ground for imports from the UK.

Other countries either have or intend to introduce restrictions on dirty diesels within their cities and urban centres as the Nitrous Oxides they emit are dangerously compromising air quality.

A Society of the Irish Motor Industry report[1] has shown that the number of new car registrations this year is expected to be 8.6% lower than 2017 at 120,000. Whereas the number of used car imports is projected to grow by 15% to reach 107,470.

75% of these imports are over 4 years old and thus the majority are older dirty diesels.

Ian Lumley, Advocacy Officer of An Taisce stated “This confirms the concern that a failure in Ireland to take action on restricting use of air quality polluting diesel vehicles in urban areas, is making Ireland a dumping ground for the dirty vehicles that other people don’t want.”

He continued: “This trend will continue and worsen unless fuel tax adjustment and other measures including controls in high pollution level areas are taken.”

Ends

For further information, contact:
Ian Lumley, An Taisce Advocacy Officer: +353 1 454 1786
Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications, An Taisce. Tel: +353 87 241 1995
email: publicaffairs@antaisce.org
An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland
www.antaisce.org

Notes

[1] http://www.simi.ie/News.html?NI=24124547

About An Taisce

An Taisce is a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland's natural and built heritage. We are an independent charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues. We are not a government body, semi-state or agency. Founded in 1948, we are one of Ireland’s oldest and largest environmental organisations.

An Taisce submits Complaint re Ben Bulben Advert

17th May 2018
Press Release

An Taisce have today a submitted a legal complaint to Sligo County Council regarding the recent advertisement on Ben Bulben. [1]

As the mountain is part of a sensitive rural landscape in a visually vulnerable and surrounded by scenic routes, all designated under the Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023, there is a requirement to obtain planning permission and no exemptions apply.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service have also highlighted the ecological impacts of disturbance and introduction of alien materials onto the European Special Area of Conservation designated mountainside and called for its immediate removal.

Ends

For further information, contact:
Ian Lumley, An Taisce Advocacy Officer: +353 1 454 1786
Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications, An Taisce. Tel: +353 87 241 1995
email: publicaffairs@antaisce.org
An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland
www.antaisce.org

Notes

[1] An Taisce's complaint https://drive.google.com/file/d/11-i3kCrmJVN3P7K6p4BePBRlgoDhtZiI/view?usp=sharing [2] RTE News with picture https://www.rte.ie/news/connacht/2018/0517/964129-ben-bulben-sligo-sign/ About An Taisce

An Taisce is a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland's natural and built heritage. We are an independent charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues. We are not a government body, semi-state or agency. Founded in 1948, we are one of Ireland’s oldest and largest environmental organisations.

Another EPA GreenHouse Gas report fails Government Climate Change Policy

31st May 2018
Press Release

The EPA’s projections, published today[1], reveal the colossal scale of Ireland’s collective political failure to rein in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with our legally binding EU and global commitments.

It is quite staggering to consider that instead of achieving the modest initial target of reducing our national GHG emissions by 20% versus 2005 levels, the EPA today confirms that “at best”, we will have only managed a negligible 1% emissions cut by 2020.

In terms of our performance on tackling the dangerous and rapidly escalating threats posed by climate change, Ireland has moved from being an outlier to, essentially, a rogue state on the international stage.

Even worse, the EPA projects that emissions from Ireland’s powergen sector are to “grow strongly” between 2020-2025, largely thanks to the activities of Bord Na Móna in co-firing peat and biomass as part of its risible ‘Naturally Driven’ programme.

Transport emissions are also set to spiral from now to 2030, reflecting a complete failure both of planning and imagination on the part of government and local authorities. The underfunding of public transport, the zero progress on electrifying our buses and the chronic neglect of cycling as the ultimate low-carbon transport alternative are all indictments of policies driven by the motor and road-building industries.

Despite much hot air from the agri-food sector and Minister Creed about claimed de-coupling of growth in production from emissions, the data tells a different tale. The EPA singles out the expansion of the national dairy herd as major part of the reason agriculture emissions are set to increase by 3-4% by 2020 and 6-7% by 2030.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar earlier this year told the European Parliament that he was “not proud” of Ireland’s failure to seriously address climate change, describing us as a “laggard”. He will be even more embarrassed by the abject scale of policy failure as described in these EPA projections.

The recent Citizens’ Assembly [2] last November endorsed a series of strong actions to place climate action at the heart of the Irish political system.

John Gibbons An Taisce Climate Change Committee spokesperson stated "Politicians need to look again at what the public is demanding, and to act in accordance with the will of the Irish people, rather than catering to the short term demands of a handful of well-connected lobby groups. These figures are what non-leadership looks like."

He continued "Why have the Taoiseach and Minister Naughten failed to make even the slightest impression of grasping the need to get real about climate change? Why has the Cabinet allowed this abysmal performance right across all key sectors of the Irish economy."

“Instead, Minister Naughten has squandered scarce political capital in Brussels in special pleading for vested interests, especially in the agri-food sector. We deserve and we demand better than this from our political representatives”, Gibbons added.

An Taisce applauds the EPA for its candour in presenting these projections, but we do not share their optimism that the government’s National Development and National Mitigation Plans will have any impact whatever on our dire performance.

For further information, contact:
John Gibbons, An Taisce Climate Change Committee: +353 87 233 2689
Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications, An Taisce. Tel: +353 87 241 1995
email: publicaffairs@antaisce.org
An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland
www.antaisce.org

Notes

  1. We need to move away from fossil fuels, EPA emissions projections show. http://epa.ie/newsandevents/news/name,64049,en.html
  2. https://www.citizensassembly.ie/en/News/Publication-of-Citizens-Assembly-Final-Report-on-How-the-State-can-make-Ireland-a-Leader-in-Tackling-Climate-Change.html

About An Taisce

An Taisce is a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland's natural and built heritage. We are an independent charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues. We are not a government body, semi-state or agency. Founded in 1948, we are one of Ireland’s oldest and largest environmental organisations.

Ireland should take Leadership on Fish Population Conservation

11th June 2018
Press Release

Consultation on the Review of Trawling Activity Inside the Six Nautical Mile Zone

An Taisce has called for Ireland to take leadership on fish population conservation as provided in Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Under Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources, in a Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine consultation on trawling with in the six nautical mile exclusive national fishing zone. An Taisce has highlighted the need to place marine life protection above vested interests.

Ian Lumley, Advocacy Officer, stated, “Where practices need to be changed, new livelihood opportunities must be identified and supported for those affected. In many cases, the issue causing ecological damage such as bottom trawling or scallop dredging, is a new practice which is doomed by its nature to destroying the species or habitat which is being exploited. This needs to be clearly communicated to avoid previous controversies which have been generated such as the necessary restriction of salmon drift netting or turf cutting.

He went on to state, “Ireland should be an international leader in protecting marine biodiversity, giving legal status to the protection of all marine life and habitats. The provisions of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive provide the means for Ireland to take European leadership in marine conservation through identification and scheduling of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to restrict dredging, bottom trawling, and inappropriate aquaculture and to allow fish population renewal and the enhancement of feed sources for marine birds and mammals.”

In its recommendations An Taisce have suggested the following:

  • Limiting dredging boats in the 6nm limit to under 12 metres;
  • Prohibiting use of mobile as opposed to static gears;
  • Designating Marine Protected Areas to allow for the revival of nursery fish populations.

For further information, contact:
Ian Lumley, An Taisce Advocacy Officer: +353 1 454 1786
Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications, An Taisce. Tel: +353 87 241 1995
email: publicaffairs@antaisce.org
An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland
www.antaisce.org

Notes

An Taisce’s Submission on Public Consultation on a Review of Trawling Activity Inside the Six Nautical Mile Zone - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H4Jk9lHUvykl0ofvUrfmTJDKFF87lUm-/view?usp=sharing

About An Taisce

An Taisce is a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland's natural and built heritage. We are an independent charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues. We are not a government body, semi-state or agency. Founded in 1948, we are one of Ireland’s oldest and largest environmental organisations.