Water

Sewage and diffuse agricultural sources continue to be the main threat to the quality of Ireland’s waters. Under the EU's Water Framework Directive the goal is aim to achieve good status in all waters by 2015 and to ensure that status does not deteriorate in any waters.

1st February 2014

Glenamaddy town’s sewage piped into a turlough SAC.

Following a tip-off, a detailed investigation by An Taisce has revealed that an entire town's sewage is being piped into a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) turlough in County Galway, creating a totally unacceptable health and environmental hazard.

10th March 2013

Restoring key safeguards for consumers hinges on proposals from Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness (FG). A pledge from Mairead McGuinness MEP to work to restore cross compliance for animal steroids has been welcomed by An Taisce and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB). The same organisations have also asked for her help to protect water supplies.

20th March 2012

In 2012, the then new chair of An Taisce,John Harnett launched our “The Use of Wetlands for Flood Attenuation” report in Tailors Hall.

The launch was followed by a presentation of the report by authors Lauren Williams and Dr Simon Harrison of University College Cork.

22nd December 2011

Press Release 22nd December 2011

“Risks to human health through polluted groundwater the key issue in septic tank debate - An Taisce”

Minister Hogan's approach on septic tanks not unfair or unreasonable, according to the National Trust

31st July 2009

From Alison Shevlin - Irish Times Friday July 31st

ALMOST HALF of Dublin’s bathing areas contained faecal coliforms in excess of the EU guide limits, indicating a higher risk of waterborne diseases, according to new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) figures.

The EPA launched an online bathing water quality website called Splash yesterday, supplying information on the 131 designated bathing sites around the country.

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

22nd March 2007

While authorities have yet to confirm the specific source for the current outbreak of cryptosporidium contamination in Galway’s drinking water. When the current crisis over water pollution is over An Taisce’s Galway Association will insist that a complete review of Rural Housing Guidelines issued by the Department of the Environment must be ordered. As this country’s only recognised fully ‘independent’ volunteer membership environment & heritage charity An Taisce members work to protect both our built and natural heritage, for the future benfit of all our citizens.

30th November 2005

An Taisce claims Wicklow County Council is being irresponsible by proposing to place the drinking water reservoir for Blessington in the middle of an uninvestigated illegal dump site on Roadstone’s land, which is also subject to a High Court Order requiring Roadstone to reinstate an area which they have quarried without planning permission

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