June 12, 2008

Irish State before the European Court on Environmental Planning (EIA)

Eight individuals from Cork and the Ringaskiddy Residents Association have appealed the High Court decision to the Supreme Court and the legal proceedings will be heard by the Supreme Court on 9th June 2008. The applicants are asking for an adjournment of the two Judicial Reviews until after the European Court has ruled on the European Commission (EC) Case against Ireland.

The Irish State is due before the European Court on the grounds of non-compliance with the EC Directive on Environmental Planning (EIA).

  • The EC has stated that in its opinion Ireland has failed to comply with European Law in relation to proper Environmental Assessment for major projects.

The adjournment of the Judicial Reviews is being sought as this non-compliance is one of the legal points of argument in both cases. A spokesperson for CHASE said that the Supreme Court decision is "a matter of great concern to us and to anyone looking for proper implementation of planning laws".

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