Noise pollution is a sometimes neglected - but very important - aspect of environmental policy. It should be considered fully as part of the planning process.

3rd September 2009

Clay pigeon shooting plans rejected ANNE LUCEY

PLANS TO build a clay pigeon shooting drive in a scenic valley near Killarney have been refused by An Bord Pleanála, despite the board’s inspector describing the activity as “a legitimate countryside pursuit”.

The application to use existing farm buildings and land on a working sheep farm at Annaghmore Glenflesk in the foothills of the Paps mountains had previously been rejected by Kerry County Council. The proposal was to host small groups of clay pigeon shooters on just eight days a year.

Climate change and fossil fuel dependence are the biggest and most defining interrelated challenges of our time. We are currently experiencing an environmental and resource crisis that places human development at a crossroads. The consequences of climate change and fossil fuel extraction and combustion are becoming increasingly visible and are being exacerbated by unsustainable economic growth. The effects of these challenges are, and will continue to be, multi-faceted and systemic.

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