Fundraising event in The Sugar Club for An Taisce's Corrib Gas Pipeline Judicial Review Appeal

16th March 2011
Press Release

Fundraising event in The Sugar Club for An Taisce's Corrib Gas Pipeline Judicial Review Appeal

We’ve planned a great night out for you and your friends and family which will enable you to support our appeal.

Risteard O’Domhnaill, director of the multi-award winning film “The Pipe” has most generously permitted us to show the ‘Director’s Cut’ of his film.

The Pipe Wednesday 23rd March The Sugar Club 8 Lower Lesson St Doors: 7.30 Film: 8pm.

We hope to follow the film with some speakers and a Q&A session, and leave time for a sociable drink afterwards. I hope you can come and will bring friends and family. Personally, I find the film extraordinary and I know you will enjoy it.

Further to the decision of An Bord Pleanála this January to grant permission to the latest application for the Corrib onshore gas pipeline, An Taisce, as the National Trust for Ireland, has decided to pursue a judicial review of the decision in the High Court.

I am proud to say we lodged our case in the High Court on Monday 14th March! just the first step on what will be a big case.

I wish to thank all those who helped us get this far, either by working on the case, by supporting practically and emotionally those who are, by providing advice, or by making critical donations to help cover the costs.

An Taisce considers that the implications of the Board’s decision go far beyond the Corrib gas pipeline and have major repercussions for the effective implementation of European Directives in Ireland and the consequential protection afforded our environment, and Natura 2000 sites. I know this is an issue close to your own heart.

An Taisce has concerns both in relation to Irish and European Law. This is a huge case, and the costs of mounting the case are a massive challenge for An Taisce. While we are truly indebted to our legal team for committing to work pro bono publico on such a huge case, there are still significant costs, associated with thousands and thousands of pages of exhibits, logistical costs, and other costs associated with presenting our case. We quite simply need your help to do this and to do it as well as it deserves to be done for all our sakes.

You know all too well the practical challenges we all face on these matters, particularly in light of the new legislation on costs. You know how decisions and judgements and precedents are so critical to the work we all do in protecting heritage and the environment.

If you would like to make a gesture of your support to this important environmental case, but can’t come next Wednesday, then you can:

Click here to donate by Credit Card to An Taisce's Corrib Appeal Or Donate by cheque: Cheques should be made out to: “An Taisce's Corrib Appeal” Send to : An Taisce's Corrib Appeal, An Taisce, Tailors' Hall, Back Lane, Dublin 8 Please ensure you include your own name and address so we can thank-you! Or Donate at your bank via transfer to: Account Name An Taisce Corrib Appeal Deposit Fund Account No: 75375931 Sort Code: 900017 Branch Bank of Ireland College Green, Dublin I really hope you can come on Wednesday 23rd March. We hope it will be a good networking opportunity, a social occasion and an opportunity for you to be a part of this important case. We simply can’t do it without you.

An Taisce is not opposed to development. This case is simply about doing things right.

I am conscious I am asking you for your support yet again I know. Your ongoing commitment and support of An Taisce is so appreciated in helping us do what we do. This is however a very particular case, with very significant implications in my view for environmental protection in Ireland and must be fought and fought well. I am therefore asking you to play an active part of this particular case with your practical support and to please tell friends, family and colleagues about the fund-raising evening and the fund-raising campaign.

Yours sincerely

Charles Stanley-Smith, Chair An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland. 087 2411995 For more information on the case please go to corribjr.antaisce.ie