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.

2nd May 2007

An Taisce made number of representations on the Corrib project including objection to the planning permission in 2003, representations to the Advantica Safety Review during 2005 and 2006 and objections to the proposed decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant an Integrated Pollution Prevention Control ( IPPC) licence in 2007. The grounds for our objections to this project can be summarised as follows; the pipeline design does not comply with international codes of practice

4th September 2013

An Taisce has today strongly condemned comments made by a Galway-based turf cutting group (the Barroughter & Clonmoylan Bogs Action Group) regarding the hen harrier, a rare and strictly protected bird of prey.

30th June 2006

Corrib Pipeline consents may be in breach of EU law

Corrib Pipeline Consents may be in Breach of EU law because the Minister failed to specify a Code of Practice.

The consents for the Corrib pipeline issued by the Minister of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources are unique because that they do not legally oblige the Developer to comply with a pipeline code of practice and as such may be in breach of EU law.

4th November 2013

An Taisce says the “apparent failure” to co-locate the proposed new national children's hospital with a maternity hospital, as recommended in a number of expert reports, “sends alarm bells ringing”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons. Paul Cullen. Topics ...

4th November 2013

An Taisce has warned the Government of potential planning risks with the location for the new National Children's hospital. It has written to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to express its concern over the risks of building the hospital beside St James ...

4th November 2013

An Taisce had written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny saying the apparent failure to co-locate the hospital with a maternity hospital, as recommended in a number of expert reports, “sends alarm bells ringing”. St James's Hospital in Dublin. An Taisce says the ...

2nd October 2013

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland – today expressed serious concern at the European Commission’s proposal to withdraw its 2003 proposal for an EU directive on access to justice in environmental matters.

Amongst other things, this directive proposal - which has been consistently blocked by the EU's Member States - would have helped to tackle the problem of prohibitive expense (e.g. prohibitive legal costs) acting as a barrier to accessing the courts and environmental justice at the national level.

"Bogs," writes John Feehan, "are places of enchantment. This is due in large measure to the immense natural diversity of the peatland landscape, but also to its unique atmosphere. The bogs are great, open expanses with distant horizons. You feel drawn to them as though they awakened an echo deep within us of the open savannah landscapes in which our human kind had its origins several million years ago."

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