Upcoming Events

National | Environment

no events match your query!

New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link The Wholesome Photo of the Month Thu May 09, 2024 11:01 | Anti-Empire

offsite link In 3 War Years Russia Will Have Spent $3... Thu May 09, 2024 02:17 | Anti-Empire

offsite link UK Sending Missiles to Be Fired Into Rus... Tue May 07, 2024 14:17 | Marko Marjanović

offsite link US Gives Weapons to Taiwan for Free, The... Fri May 03, 2024 03:55 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Russia Has 17 Percent More Defense Jobs ... Tue Apr 30, 2024 11:56 | Marko Marjanović

Anti-Empire >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Alternative Copy of thesaker.is site is available Thu May 25, 2023 14:38 | Ice-Saker-V6bKu3nz
Alternative site: https://thesaker.si/saker-a... Site was created using the downloads provided Regards Herb

offsite link The Saker blog is now frozen Tue Feb 28, 2023 23:55 | The Saker
Dear friends As I have previously announced, we are now “freezing” the blog.  We are also making archives of the blog available for free download in various formats (see below). 

offsite link What do you make of the Russia and China Partnership? Tue Feb 28, 2023 16:26 | The Saker
by Mr. Allen for the Saker blog Over the last few years, we hear leaders from both Russia and China pronouncing that they have formed a relationship where there are

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2023/02/27 ? Open Thread Mon Feb 27, 2023 19:00 | cafe-uploader
2023/02/27 19:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link The stage is set for Hybrid World War III Mon Feb 27, 2023 15:50 | The Saker
Pepe Escobar for the Saker blog A powerful feeling rhythms your skin and drums up your soul as you?re immersed in a long walk under persistent snow flurries, pinpointed by

The Saker >>

Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link What do ?Queers For Palestine? and Hamas Have in Common? They?re Both Animated by a Unitarian Philos... Sat Jun 15, 2024 11:00 | James Alexander
What do 'Queers for Palestine' and radical Islamists have in common? They are both authoritarian movements seeking to impose their beliefs on everyone else, says Prof James Alexander.
The post What do ‘Queers For Palestine’ and Hamas Have in Common? They’re Both Animated by a Unitarian Philosophy appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Letter to the Prime Minister Sat Jun 15, 2024 09:00 | Dr Tom Jefferson
Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer appear to have an understanding not to mention the costs of Covid measures, says Dr Tom Jefferson. And no wonder, as leaders of the lockdown and lockthemdownharder parties.
The post Letter to the Prime Minister appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Did German Authorities Make Mannheim Attack Victim a Target by Dubbing Him an ?Enemy of Islam?? Sat Jun 15, 2024 07:00 | Robert Kogon
Did German authorities make Mannheim knife attack victim Michael Stürzenberger a target for his radical Muslim assailant by dubbing him an "enemy of Islam"? Robert Kogon investigates.
The post Did German Authorities Make Mannheim Attack Victim a Target by Dubbing Him an “Enemy of Islam”? appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link News Round-Up Sat Jun 15, 2024 01:00 | Richard Eldred
A summary of the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the ?climate emergency?, public health ?crises? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
The post News Round-Up appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas?s Former Team-Mate Demands Apology for Being ?Forced to Undress With ... Fri Jun 14, 2024 19:13 | Will Jones
Paula Scanlan is glad that her former team-mate Lia Thomas will not be allowed compete at the Olympics and says she should get an apology for being "forced to undress" with the trans athlete "18 times a week".
The post Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas’s Former Team-Mate Demands Apology for Being “Forced to Undress With Him 18 Times a Week” appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

Lockdown Skeptics >>

Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link After Ukraine, Serbia? Fri Jun 14, 2024 14:07 | en

offsite link Voltaire, International Newsletter N°91 Fri Jun 14, 2024 13:06 | en

offsite link How to justify NATO's aggression against Russia, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Jun 11, 2024 06:57 | en

offsite link Soros/Biden vs. Netanyahu/Trump, by Alfredo Jalife-Rahme Mon Jun 10, 2024 09:24 | en

offsite link Declaration on the Protection of National and Political Rights and the Common Fu... Sat Jun 08, 2024 12:13 | en

Voltaire Network >>

12-year legal battle quashes planning permission for Shannon LNG terminal

category national | environment | press release author Tuesday November 10, 2020 20:19author by foie - Friends of the Irish Environment Report this post to the editors

Press Release - Friends of the Irish Environment 9th Nov 2020

Twelve years after losing their original case against the planning permission for a LNG terminal on the Shannon River, Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] today received a High Court order quashing An Bord Pleanala’s grant of permission and awarding costs in their favour. The proposed terminal was due to process Liquid Natural Gas [LNG] from the USA for consumption in Ireland and to be distributed throughout the EU.

PRESS RELEASE
FRIENDS OF THE IRISH ENVIRONMENT
MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

12-year legal battle quashes planning permission for Shannon LNG terminal
New planning legislation now required for extensions of permissions for major projects

Twelve years after losing their original case against the planning permission for a LNG terminal on the Shannon River, Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] today received a High Court order quashing An Bord Pleanala’s grant of permission and awarding costs in their favour. The proposed terminal was due to process Liquid Natural Gas [LNG] from the USA for consumption in Ireland and to be distributed throughout the EU.

While FIE’s 2008 High Court challenge was unsuccessful, that ten-year planning permission lapsed and the decision by An Bord Pleanala to renew the permission in 2018 was again challenged by FIE. The environmental charity argued that the extension of the period of a planning permission where development had not commenced triggered the requirement for assessment under the Habitats Directive and must allow for public consultation.

Decision ‘far reaching’
The decision has wide implications for major projects across Europe that require similar renewals and justifies the charity’s failed High Court case against the renewal of the planning permission for Dublin Airport’s third runway in 2017.

The State argued that any decision to extend the duration of a planning permission is part of a ‘single, uniform measure’ that was previously permitted in 2008, thus having legal certainty and so cannot now be the subject of a ‘collateral attack’.

A Preliminary Reference to the European Court of Justice [ECJ] was made by Irish High Court Justice Garret Simons on 1 February 2019 after a Judicial Review was brought by FIE. A Preliminary References is a decision of the European Court of Justice on the interpretation of European Union law given in response to a request from a Court of an EU Member State. It is the final arbiter in these matters.

In a 29 page submissions to the ECJ An Bord Pleanala had argued that ‘the duration of a planning permission—and the grant of an extension of the duration of a planning permission—is a matter for national law alone, within the discretion and procedural autonomy of Member State’ and that the developer had the right to rely on his or hers original planning permission.

Irish planning law will need revision
Ireland’s failure to implement the Court of Justice’s 2007 decision condemning our planning legislation was cited in the Reference, dated 9 September 2020, as leading to a situation whereby ‘the original consent was not preceded by an assessment containing complete, precise and definitive conclusions capable of removing all reasonable scientific doubt as to the effects of the proposed works on those sites’.

FIE’s Tony Lowes said that ‘The State has spent significant funding on defending a fracked gas terminal that would have locked Ireland into a dead-end investment in fossil fuels for another generation. That money that could usefully have been spent on ‘stimulating economic activity for those areas which were expecting economic development arising from new fossil fuel infrastructure’, as promised in the Program for Government.

The group has written to the Minister for the Environment, Eamon Ryan, offering to meet with him ‘to examine the lessons of the case and ways to avoid such long and protracted legal battles in the future.’

Mr Lowes pointed out that ‘There is now an urgent need for new legislation to bring Ireland’s planning code into compliance with this judgment so that extensions of duration are properly assessed and the public can make observations on extensions and if necessary challenge them if they believe they have not been done correctly. We hope Ireland has learned its lesson and this time around will act swiftly to implement the decision’.

‘There are probably few things more frustrating in life than knowing you are right and being unable to prove it – the situation we have been in for the last 12 years. We owe a great debt to our legal representatives– and to the European Court of Justice.’

Comment: Fred Logue , FP Logue Solicitors, 353 (0)87 1316023
Tony Lowes, Friends of the Irish Environment 353 (0)87 2176316

Friends of the Irish Environment were represented by F. Logue, Solicitor, J. Kenny, Barrister-at-Law, and J. Devlin, Senior Counsel.
The 2008 Judicial Review was taken by O’Connell Clarke, represented by Oisin Collins, Barrister- at Law. No: 2008 597 JR
Irish Courts: Friends of the Irish Environment v An Bord Pleanala and Shannon LNG High Court Record No: 2018/734 JR
ECJ: Court of Justice C 254/19, 9 September 2020

This Press Release

Copyright © 2020 Friends of the Irish Environment, All rights reserved.
Press Release

Our mailing address is:
Friends of the Irish Environment
Kilcatherine
Eyeries, Cork P75 CX53
Ireland

Related Link: https://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/press-releases/17893-12-year-legal-battle-quashes-planning-permission-for-shannon-lng-terminal
© 2001-2024 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy