Transitioning to a low carbon future in the energy sector is of key importance globally.

16th December 2012

The Central Statistics Office recently published data showing that 69 per cent of commuters travelled to work by car. This is a damning indictment of the complete absence of joined-up land-use and transport planning that created the 'Celtic Tiger' sprawl. Difficulties in providing public transport to this sprawl means that the numbers of commuters using public transport remains dismally low and is falling. Meanwhile, Ireland remains one of the most car dependent countries in the world.

9th November 2012

While a number of airlines continue to lobby against the inclusion of aviation in the EU emissions trading scheme, An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland, has come out strongly in favour of the proposal.

According to the National Trust, Ireland stands to gain €3.75m of much-needed revenue if aviation emissions are included and this would have no impact on the most vulnerable in society. Research shows that it is it is the wealthy who fly the most.[1]

24th May 2012

Government can reduce the cost of motoring without spending taxpayers’ money

Motorists to save €450 - €850 a year if Minister Hogan delivers

New car efficiency standards are due to be set during Ireland’s EU Presidency. This will present Minister Hogan with an enormous opportunity to reduce costs for motorists, according to An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland.

1st May 2012

An Taisce notes the An Bord Pleanala decision to grant permission to the Athlone Trading Hub.

This is the first stage of a proposal of staggering size and scale that the promoters claim will be the greatest commercial and trade centre in Europe.

An Taisce believes that the vague nature of the planning conditions attached to development and the lack of global consideration of sustainability by An Bord Pleanála is a serious concern.


27th October 2011

Better Environmental Law is a critical objective for An Taisce to ensure that what happened with the Corrib project can never happen again. Today, An Taisce accepted the State’s offer to settle the Judicial Reviews of the various permissions given this year in regard to the Corrib Gas Development project.

7th October 2011

Today, An Taisce complemented Minister Rabbitte for his initiative to ask the EPA for advice on the environmental implications of fracking.

21st September 2011

Press Release 21st. September 2011

“An Taisce calls for Moratorium on Fracking”

An Taisce called for a moratorium on ‘Fracking’ in a presentation to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

23rd August 2011

An Taisce Calls for joined up thinking between the Commission for Energy Regulation, The Department of Environment and Planning Authorities.

An Taisce recently appealed two wind farms on environmental concerns, one in Co. Galway (PL07.238734) and one in County Clare (PL03 .237524). Last week An Bord Pleanála refused planning permission for the one in Co. Galway and this week they granted planning permission for the one in Co. Clare but this may never be connected to the Grid.

19th August 2011

FRANK McDONALD The Irish Times - Friday, August 19, 2011

AN BORD Pleanála has refused planning permission for a major wind farm in Connemara, consisting of 27 turbines, on the basis that it would “erode the visual and environmental amenity of this area” of Co Galway.

Overturning Galway County Council’s decision to approve the scheme after it was appealed by An Taisce, Inland Fisheries Ireland and six individual objectors, the board said the Connemara landscape “is one of the principal assets of the tourism industry” in the county.

17th July 2011

Press Release 17th July 2011

“Major Planning Decision protecting Connemara Landscape”

Refusal by An Bord Pleanála ref: PL07.238734 overturning permission by Galway County Council Ref 10/1326, for 27 wind turbines at Lettermuckoo, Muckanaghkillew Galway

An Bord Pleanála has refused a major wind energy development in east Connemara following appeal by An Taisce and a number of local sources.


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