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Failed Government Policy Threatens 2020 Energy Targets

Date: September 24, 2015

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy, Agriculture

Despite the requirement for the State to achieve the 2020 renewable energy target of 16% the lack of co-ordination between government departments was undermining the ability of biomass to contribute to achieving this objective.[more]

EU Parliament follows Irish County Councils on Fracking

Date: June 11, 2015

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy

The European Parliament has followed the lead given by the County Councils of Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Cavan and Clare by calling for a moratorium on fracking.[more]

Original Galway by-pass route possible but alternative routes must first be eliminated

Date: April 13, 2015

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy

The possibility that the original route for the Galway By-Pass could be chosen was confirmed at a meeting in Brussels today, Monday, April 13th. This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin who organised the meeting but she...[more]

Unfair Designation of Hill Land slated by MEP

Date: March 5, 2015

Category: News Article, Agriculture, Environment & Energy

Department of Agriculture inspections without defined criteria are designating marginal and commonage land as ineligible for payments under EU Schemes designed to maintain land in good agricultural and environmental condition...[more]

Call for Publication of EPA Tests on Waters Affected by Fuel Laundering

Date: February 24, 2015

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should immediately publish the results of the samples of waters taken in border areas because of public disquiet about possible high levels of toxicity resulting from fuel laundering...[more]

Major threat to Ireland’s water is from urban waste water systems – not septic tanks

Date: February 3, 2015

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy

The most recent inspections of septic tanks by the Environmental Protection Agency had revealed that their threat to the country’s drinking water had been exaggerated and paled in significance with the damage being caused by 38...[more]

Leaks can be plugged – Water Tax Reduced by Avoiding Vanity Projects

Date: December 10, 2014

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy

The reduction by one third - in energy usage per dwelling in Ireland since 1990, and static demand for electricity, undermines the justification at this time of the planned €3.2 billion Grid 25 project.[more]

Heated Energy Debate in Maynooth

Date: December 8, 2014

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy

The debate in Maynooth on Friday last between Economist Colm McCarthy and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan on Ireland’s energy policy was both very informative and contentious according to its organiser Independent MEP Marian Harkin.[more]

MEP Questions An Bord Pleanala Energy Decision

Date: December 5, 2014

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy

Serious questions about the quality and independence of planning decisions by An Bord Pleanala needed to be addressed especially in regard to large scale electricity and wind farm projects.[more]

€multi billion GRID 25 Project to be Questioned

Date: November 27, 2014

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy

If the current public consultation by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources to inform a new National energy policy is to be, as promised, a serious listening exercise there will be a pause in the proposed...[more]

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