Public Participation

The right to participate in decisions which may affect the environment is a basic human right secured by international, EU and Irish law. Detailed rules set out when you must be consulted on activities, plans, programmes and policies relating to the environment.

3rd February 2017

The Built Environment unit of An Taisce took time over January to review the very popular database for structures at risk, which was originally released in November 2014. In this we published some 100 buildings and structures at risk which were considered significant nationally and regionally and required intervention to prevent further deterioration. If you would like to read the full publication, please click here.

29th November 2019

In the public interest, and in the light of the failure of DCCAE to engage in timely public consultation on Ireland's Long-Term Strategy for Climate Action (required under the EU Regulation on Governance of the Energy Union), An Taisce is releasing this letter which it sent to the Department in February 2019 highlighting, well in advance, the need for such consultation to be properly planned and proactively managed.

Regrettably, no response was received.

13th November 2019

An Taisce calls on the Government to scrap the proposed amendments to the planning legislation being pushed by the Minister for Housing in the Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019 [1]. These amendments would drastically reduce the ability of ordinary people and environmental NGOs to legally challenge any bad planning decision with environmental implications.

4th November 2019

You've helped us find the world’s favourite Green Flag Award parks by voting for yours in the People’s Choice - and now the results are in! Over 45,000 votes were cast from all around the world. The top 5 parks are listed below in alphabetical order and are not ranked in any order of preference. They are:

22nd September 2019

In a submission to the newly formed Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) on its Draft Strategic Plan 2019-2024, An Taisce called for the organisation to set strong planning targets if Ireland is to achieve the objectives laid out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

22nd September 2019

An Taisce welcome the creation of the Office of the Planning Regulator and the opportunity to comment on the Draft Strategic Plan 2019-2024; and provides the full text of its submission for public download here.


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