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.

1st July 2020

The Supreme Court has struck down two provisions of Irish planning law for being in breach of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. The Judgment clearly vindicates An Taisce’s public interest watchdog role in environmental protection in Ireland and further advances the prominence and protection of European Environmental Law.

26th August 2020

Just as the Dáil rose for its summer recess, Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett announced a very short consultation over the traditional August holiday period, on the outline of the Draft Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020.

14th August 2020

A consultation was recently opened on a new Bill proposing amendments to the forestry appeals process. The Bill would drastically reduce the ability of ordinary people and environmental NGOs to appeal any forestry decision with potential environmental impacts. The Bill proposes a number of significant amendments, curtailing which members of the public may take an appeal, and placing arbitrary and restrictive thresholds on which organisations qualify as environmental NGOs, in addition to introducing fees.

10th January 2020

Download the document below for information on the proposed Housing & Planning & Development Bill 2019

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.

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:

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