Perhaps it should not be surprising that work on starting — or in this case, not starting — the largest and most expensive flood-defence system in the country’s history has been the target of so many objections, studies, plan revisions, delays, court actions, plan revisions, and even a European Court ruling on the risks to protected habitats.
A solicitor for campaigners behind the successful legal challenge of the first major flood defence scheme in Cork has accused City Hall of trying to “distort the true position” about why its planning was quashed.
Two of our world’s conflicting but defining forces — the growing threat of climate destruction and the mountains of polluting waste generated by our relentless consumerism — collided yesterday when it was announced that An Bord Pleanála (ABP) granted planning permission for a controversial €160m Indaver waste incinerator in Cork Harbour.
The Psychological Society of Ireland has firmly come out in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment and has published two papers which it says counters “false facts that are not based on scientific research”.
Education Minister Richard Bruton has defended the Government’s interpretation of the European court ruling in the Louise O’Keeffe case following a query from a former High Court judge about a related compensation scheme.
The solicitor for the family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier say they “do not fear” efforts by Ian Bailey to bring a case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and also said they hope to hold the trial against him in France before the end of the year.
The EU is still scrutinising a competition ruling which may lead to it insisting the Government retrieve as much as €25m from potentially hundreds of business people who benefited from the country’s leading tax incentive business scheme which was designed to help SMEs.
An emergency cabinet meeting will be convened later today after the Apple tax crisis caused a fresh split between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance, with one junior minister refusing to confirm if he will remain in office.