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.

17th January 2014

An Taisce was today granted leave to challenge the permission given to Edenderry power station to continue burning peat until 2023

An Taisce has today been granted leave by the High Court to bring a judicial review regarding the peat-and-biomass power station at Edenderry, Co Offaly.

The plant burns up to 1.2 million tonnes of peat a year.

20th December 2013

The High Court of England and Wales handed down its judgment today in An Taisce's case regarding Hinkley Point nuclear power station. The case relates to the legality of the decision last March by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, granting Development Consent (permission) for the construction and operation of Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station some 150 miles from the Irish coast. This decision was taken without the public in Ireland being consulted.

5th December 2013

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland challenges ‘unlawful’ UK Nuclear Decision in London High Court

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland – will go to the High Court in London on Thursday December 5th 2013 for the start of a two-day hearing to challenge the legality of the UK’s decision to grant permission to build and operate a new, two-reactor nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish coast.

1st May 2013

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland1, has launched judicial review proceedings in London to challenge the legality of UK Secretary of State Ed Davey’s decision2 to grant permission to build and operate a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in the Bristol Channel, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish coast.

In papers issued in the High Court in London by lawyers Leigh Day, An Taisce challenges the legal compliance of the decision by the Government with the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the UK’s own regulations on transboundary impacts and consultation.

11th April 2013

The European Court of Justice today delivered a landmark judgment in the long-running Galway bypass case brought by environmentalist Peter Sweetman.

The road scheme would have resulted in the permanent loss of approximately 1.47 hectares of protected limestone pavement – a priority habitat under the EU Habitats Directive – within a distinct sub-area of 85 hectares, forming part of a total area of 270 hectares of such limestone pavement in the Lough Corrib Natura 2000 site.

9th February 2013

What is the concrete slab outside Dublin City Hall and why is there no consent for it?

Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications Officer of An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland stated this morning “I was walking up Dame Street towards Christchurch and Tailors’ Hall and just gone past Dublin City Hall, when I had a WTF moment. There in the middle of Cork Hill is a monstrous concrete slab – what is it and how did it get there?”.

19th December 2012

Ireland today became the sixth country to be fined by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Ireland was fined twice today, once for not complying with a Judgement on Septic Tanks issued in October 2009 and again for not complying with a Judgement on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) issued in November 2008.

17th December 2012

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, was today granted their application by the High Court for leave to judicially review a decision from the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government to grant a Foreshore Licence to Providence Resources Ltd for survey and drilling in Dublin Bay, in an area about 6 km off Dalkey.

22nd March 2012

An Taisce today welcomed the publication of the Mahon Tribunal Report which has exposed the endemic corruption at the heart of the Irish Planning System.

The catalyst for the setting up of the Tribunal was the placement in 1995 by Michael Smith, former Chairman of An Taisce, of an anonymous advertisement in the Irish Times through a firm of Newry Solicitors offering a reward of IR£10,000 for information on land rezoning corruption that would lead to a conviction. This action exposed a chain of corruption which reached into the highest level of Government.

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.


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