Litigation & Access to Justice

Going to court is a very powerful weapon in seeking to have environmental law upheld. Unfortunately many barriers remain to accessing justice.

14th January 2015

On January 13th 2015, An Taisce was granted leave to Judicially Review An Bord Pleanála's November 2014 decision, to grant permission for the N86 Dingle to Annascaul & Gortbreagoge to Camp Road Improvement Scheme (Note 1).

The route is renowned for its scenic quality, natural and built heritage; including prehistoric features. In summary: the scheme proposes to widen the road and add cycle lanes resulting in a wide range of environmental impacts, including visual landscape impacts.

1st August 2014

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales handed down its judgment today (August 1st 2014) in An Taisce's case regarding Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

14th March 2014

An Taisce has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala regarding conditions of the approval Regeneron's €220million project. An Taisce's appeal centers on ensuring that Smarter Travel policy is observed.

17th January 2014

The following is An Taisce’s response to the public consultation on the proposed new “EUROPEAN UNION (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT) REGULATIONS 2014”, which consultation closes today January 17th at 17.45.

Our comments below are divided into two parts, General Comments and Specific Comments, where the latter deals with the specifics of each of the three amendments proposed.

Part 1. General Comments:

17th January 2014

An Taisce was today granted leave to challenge the permission given to Edenderry power station to continue burning peat until 2023

An Taisce has today been granted leave by the High Court to bring a judicial review regarding the peat-and-biomass power station at Edenderry, Co Offaly.

The plant burns up to 1.2 million tonnes of peat a year.

20th December 2013

The High Court of England and Wales handed down its judgment today in An Taisce's case regarding Hinkley Point nuclear power station. The case relates to the legality of the decision last March by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, granting Development Consent (permission) for the construction and operation of Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station some 150 miles from the Irish coast. This decision was taken without the public in Ireland being consulted.

5th December 2013

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland challenges ‘unlawful’ UK Nuclear Decision in London High Court

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland – will go to the High Court in London on Thursday December 5th 2013 for the start of a two-day hearing to challenge the legality of the UK’s decision to grant permission to build and operate a new, two-reactor nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish coast.

1st May 2013

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland1, has launched judicial review proceedings in London to challenge the legality of UK Secretary of State Ed Davey’s decision2 to grant permission to build and operate a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in the Bristol Channel, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish coast.

In papers issued in the High Court in London by lawyers Leigh Day, An Taisce challenges the legal compliance of the decision by the Government with the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the UK’s own regulations on transboundary impacts and consultation.

11th April 2013

The European Court of Justice today delivered a landmark judgment in the long-running Galway bypass case brought by environmentalist Peter Sweetman.

The road scheme would have resulted in the permanent loss of approximately 1.47 hectares of protected limestone pavement – a priority habitat under the EU Habitats Directive – within a distinct sub-area of 85 hectares, forming part of a total area of 270 hectares of such limestone pavement in the Lough Corrib Natura 2000 site.

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