People’s right to accountability: Leinster Express,23 February 2016

People's right to accountability

People’s right to accountability

Excellent article from today’s Leinster Express on the people’s right to hold their elected representatives accountable for the policies they support.


New planning rules a ‘sleight of hand’, says expert: Irish Independent, 23 February 2016

New rules will force local authorities to implement planning ‘guidelines’ introduced by the government without being allowed to make any changes to suit local circumstances.

The Planning and Development Amendment Act, signed into law in December, allows the government to issue ‘guidelines’ on specific policies, including housing, wind energy or childcare which must be fully enforced by the council and An Bord Pleanála.

The act changes the existing system where councils were obliged to have “regard to” national guidelines.

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O’Brien campaigns to convert Moneypoint to biomass: Sunday Business Post, 14 February 2016

Moneypoint produces 25 per cent of Ireland’s electricity

Converting the country’s biggest power station to biomass could do away with the need to build any more wind farms in Ireland, according to Anne Marie O’Brien, wife of Ballydoyle racehorse trainer Aidan.

O’Brien is spearheading a campaign to convert the giant Moneypoint coal-burning power station in Co Clare.

The Sunday Business Post – 14 February 2016

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Protect Rural Ireland group protests against Kelly: Tipperary Star, 26 February 2016

Up to 40 canvassers from Protect Rural Ireland targeted Environment Minister Alan Kelly in his Tipperary constituency over what they say is his inaction on the wind turbines issue.

The protestors gathered at the Nenagh railway station before dispersing door-to-door across the town. They also fly-posted cars in the local church grounds.

Protect Rural Ireland (PRI) is a national alliance of community groups who intend to unseat a number of key politicians in the upcoming general election.

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Planning permission for €240m wind farm in Co Meath rejected: The Irish Times, 5 February 2016

Planning permission for a controversial €240 million wind farm development at in north Meath has been refused by an Bord Pleanála.

Element Power had sought permission for the construction at Emlagh, near Kells, of three wind farm clusters of up to 46 wind turbines with a maximum tip height of up to 169 metres.

An oral hearing last summer lasted for five weeks and heard some 117 submissions, including from local residents who feared the wind farm would impact on their health, on their properties and on the equine industry in the area.

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Euro candidate says Moneypoint biomass plan could work: The Clare Champion, 29 January 2016

Anti pylon campaigner and Ireland South Euro candidate, Kieran Hartley, has claimed that converting the ESB Moneypoint plant to a biomass-burning facility could secure jobs, help the environment and reduce the cost of imported American coal.

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Protestors accuse Labour of “burying rural Ireland”: Sunday World, 31 January 2016

The Labour Party conference got underway in Mullingar, Co Westmeath on Saturday but it was the protestors outside that grabbed the limelight.

While Tanaiste Joan Burton was rallying the troops inside, a number of people dressed as mourners at a funeral carried a black coffin and flags that read “Labour buries rural Ireland”.

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