Upcoming Events

National | Environment

no events match your query!

Blog Feeds

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

offsite link UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights

offsite link Fijian women still face Human Rights violations Mon Aug 26, 2019 18:49 | Human Rights

offsite link Saudi Human Rights Violation Fri Aug 09, 2019 20:41 | Human Rights

offsite link China?s LGBT Community Mon Apr 15, 2019 19:19 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Letter critic 11:00 Wed Nov 13, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The Great Hunger in the North Inner City ? Talk in East Wall, Monday 18th November 10:27 Wed Nov 13, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link I sense optimism. Great optimism. Is it unwarranted optimism? 09:00 Wed Nov 13, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link What you want to say ? 13 November 2019 04:59 Wed Nov 13, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Attention seeker 18:35 Tue Nov 12, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

Dublin Opinion >>

NAMA Wine Lake

offsite link Test ? 12 November 2018 Mon Nov 12, 2018 14:28 | namawinelake

offsite link Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake

offsite link Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake

NAMA Wine Lake >>

Okay for Industrial Peat Extraction But not Okay for Individuals to do so

category national | environment | press release author Tuesday November 24, 2015 21:35author by foie - Friends of the Irish Environmentauthor email admin at friendsoftheirishenvironment dot orgauthor phone 027 74771 Report this post to the editors

Peat extraction to be exempted from planning permission

Last year we had alot of coverage in the Irish mainstream news about farmers and individuals being stopped from extracting peat -the reason is because most of our bogs which are wonderful habitats are almost completely destroyed. However we never heard or was it mentioned that there was no attempt to stop the industrial extraction of peat by large private companies yet this does infinitely more damage. It seems there is one law for the people and no law for business interests. If we are going to save our bogs we should at least make the laws applicable to ALL parties. Peat extraction to be exempted from planning permission Press Release - 23 November, 2015 Friends of the Irish Environment The industrial extraction of peat is to be removed from planning controls, according to statements by horticultural peat extraction companies Bulrush and Westland in the High Court on Friday.

Bulrush Horticulture is based in Northern Ireland and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Danish growing media manufacturer, Pindstrup Mosebrug A/S. Westlands Horticulture is registered in Northern Ireland.

The industrial peat extractors are challenging rulings by An Bord Pleanala, made in 2013 in response to applications by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), that their operations require planning permission.

The President of the High Court, The Hon. Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns, accepted that changes in the legislation were ‘imminent’ and granted an adjournment.

According to solicitors for the two companies in the Court on Friday, the changes in the legislation are expected in ‘late December or early January’.

A statement issued by FIE said that ‘These companies are engaged in extensive peat extraction in County Westmeath for horticultural use. Since FIE brought these illegal activities to the attention of the planning authorities and the EPA in 2009, no enforcement action has been taken and the unauthorised extraction has actually increased.

FIE Director Tony Lowes said that ‘more than five years of work to enforce the planning laws is being met with an attempt to change the law retrospectively to allow ongoing environmental destruction - including the ongoing destruction of a Bronze Age bog road by Westlands at Mayne in County Westmeath.

FIE estimates there are ‘8 to 10 mini Bord na Mona’s’ operating entirely outside the law. They provided the Department with the results of a 2010 Satellite Survey, in part funded by the Department, that led to an investigation of 126 sites of over 30 hectares in 19 counties, many of which the Local Authorities reported as required planning permission. None of the operations were known to the Local Authorities or were listed on the required Extractive Industries Register, according to FIE.

From its discussions with the Department of the Environment, FIE understands the changes are planned in response to its petition to the EU Petitions Committee which presented a satellite survey of exposed peatlands in Ireland and the failure of Irish authorities to enforce laws regulating peat extraction.

‘Is this what the Minister for the Environment is taking to the Climate Change conference in Paris next week – the news that Ireland is removing peat extraction from planning controls just as Mary Robinson has called for major fossil fuel reserves to be left in the ground?’

Further information
Tony Lowes 087 2176316 / 027 74771

Editors notes:

Petition: (includes photographs)
http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/cmsfiles/fi...n.pdf

The Satellite survey information and documentation
http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/peat/nation...study

Background survey article
http://www.villagemagazine.ie/index.php/2015/01/99-gone...oing/

This Press Release
http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/press-releases

© 2001-2019 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