An Bord Pleanála has turned down an appeal by the minister against a decision of Kildare County Council to refuse her department planning permission for a proposal to allow turf cutting at Coolree Bog near Prosperous, Co Kildare.
Environmental campaigners are to initiate High Court proceedings to try and force State authorities to raise public awareness about what they claim is the threat posed to public health by contaminated material on part of the former Irish Steel plant on Haulbowline.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney has asked environmental campaigners “not to turn what is a hugely positive story in Cork harbour into something negative”, amid a row over the new park on Haulbowline Island.
A Norwegian company seeking to expand its fish farming operation in West Cork has admitted that severe storms compromised its ability to treat its salmon for sea lice and other diseases last year — prompting environmentalists to say this bolsters their argument for closed containment systems.
The ICSA says farmers are hugely disappointed that the deadline for the spreading of slurry has not been abolished altogether, rather than extended, but one ecology group believes even the extension is putting the environment at risk.