Climate Change

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17th February 2017

An Taisce’s submission on a proposed horticulture facility by Bord na Móna, Naas, Co Kildare, states that the scope of the project includes the sourcing of the horticultural peat from the Bord na Móna owned Allen Bog complex and that the environmental and social impacts in their totality have not been assessed [1].

There are direct parallels between the High Court ruling on Bord na Mona’s Edenderry Power Plant [2], in October 2015, regarding An Bord Pleanála's failure to fully assess the environmental impacts of the peat extraction which fuels the plant [3].

3rd February 2017

An Taisce has made its submission [1] to Clare County Council in regard to the most recent planning application by Trump International Golf Links Ireland (TIGL) for permission to construct coastal erosion management works at and adjacent to Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg, Co. Clare.

The proposed development is to include two lengths of sheet piling over distances of approximately 609m and 256m, at the northern and southern end of Doughmore bay respectively.

25th January 2017

Ireland’s reputation in the international community has been badly damaged in recent years by revelations of our tolerance for ‘creative accounting’ that has allowed foreign firms, including vulture funds masquerading as charities, to avoid paying tax on billions of euros of income.

Now, it seems that Ireland has done it again, and this time the creative accounting is in the series of loopholes the Irish government has negotiated with the EU to allow us to almost completely shirk all requirements on carbon emissions reductions.

25th January 2017

An Taisce is one of two Environmental Pillar representatives who sit on the Biodiversity Forum. The Environmental Pillar is made up of 28 national environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who work together to represent the views of the Irish environmental sector. While An Taisce represents the Environmental Pillar within the Biodiversity Forum, this submission reflects the views of An Taisce alone.

16th January 2017

Apparent recent comments from US President-elect Donald Trump would seem an admission of defeat regarding proposed construction of the coastal defence wall at Doonbeg Resort in Co. Clare.

'I couldn’t care less about it',

Mr. Trump has stated.

In what he bemoans an ‘unpleasant experience’, failed first attempts to gain approval for a 2.8km, 4.5m high seawall have caused him to say

‘...forget it, I’m not gonna build it.’

23rd December 2016

The decision of An Bord Pleanála to extend the operating life of the Edenderry Peat and Biomass power plant to 2023 prejudices the current consultation on the National Mitigation Plan, which is going to need to recognise the need to start decarbonising our energy use immediately.

A previous decision granted by An Bord Pleanála was overturned by the High Court in 2015 on the grounds that the project did not comply with EU and National Environmental Impact Assessment law, because the effect of the continued peat extraction to fuel power the plant was not assessed.

12th December 2016

What is the National Planning Framework?

The National Planning Framework (NPF) is a successor to the National Spatial Strategy 2002. In short, the NPF will be a broad national plan set out by the Government that will establish a long term, 20+ year strategy for spatial development in Ireland. The NPF currently being drawn up, will have a direct influence on strategic planning for the entire country until 2040.

Why is the NPF important?

12th December 2016

Press Release: Embargoed until 4 pm Monday 12th December 2016

An Taisce Congratulates Trinity College Dublin Students on Their Successful Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

At 1:00 pm on Tuesday, at the front gates of the Dáil, all are welcome to join the Fossil Free TCD students to celebrate this divestment success and also to call for Government to divest from all public investments in fossil fuels.

9th December 2016

An Taisce's Response to Minister Naughten's Annual Low Carbon Transition Statement

Clarity and determination were needed but are missing from Ireland’s first Annual Low Carbon Transition Statement [Note 1]. Delivered to the Oireachtas by Denis Naughten, the Minister responsible for Climate Action. The Statement falls short in giving the detail required by the Climate Act, and it also fails to stress the urgent need for immediate action to ensure “substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions” required to limit climate change [Note 2]

19th November 2016

Cop22: Treading Water

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