Boost for human & environmental rights as Aarhus Convention comes into force in Ireland

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Today the Aarhus Convention entered into force in Ireland, signifying an important step forward for environmental democracy in this country. The Aarhus Convention upholds the right of every person to have access to information about the environment, the right to participate in decision-making, and the right of access to justice in environmental matters. It sets minimum standards in these areas, …

Ian CareyBoost for human & environmental rights as Aarhus Convention comes into force in Ireland

Pillar publishes policy on fracking

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Environmental Pillar expresses “Grave concerns” about Fracking   The Environmental Pillar has just published its policy on shale gas, calling for cessation of all fracking activities in Ireland. “The known impacts of fracking are so serious that the   Government needs to act now to put a stop to all fracking activity in Ireland” said Michael Ewing speaking on behalf …

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Pillar report highlights “illegal and irresponsible” planning

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Pillar report highlights “illegal and irresponsible” planning 7th July 2012 – Dublin. Environmental experts have said the development and implementation of the Government Food Harvest 2020 policy would be  “illegal and irresponsible” if it was carried out without a serious look at how it impacts on the long-term well-being of the country. The warning was published by The Environmental Pillar …

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After 14 years of campaigning, the people of Ireland finally have the same environmental human rights as the rest of Europe

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After 14 years of campaigning, the final ratification process for the Aarhus Convention has been completed with the deposition of Irish ratification papers at the United Nations in New York yesterday. “The people of Ireland finally have the same environmental human rights as the rest of Europe” said Michael Ewing, speaking on behalf of the Environmental Pillar. He welcomed the …

Ian CareyAfter 14 years of campaigning, the people of Ireland finally have the same environmental human rights as the rest of Europe

Calls for public awareness campaign following Dáil vote for ratification of environmental human rights convention

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There have been calls for the government to raise public awareness of rights granted to Irish citizens following the Dáil vote today to allow ratification of the Aarhus Convention. This international convention upholds the right of every person to have access to information about the environment, the right to participate in decision-making, and the right of access to justice. Michael …

Ian CareyCalls for public awareness campaign following Dáil vote for ratification of environmental human rights convention

Pillar report highlights “illegal and irresponsible” planning

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Pillar report highlights “illegal and irresponsible” planning 7th July 2012 – Dublin. Environmental experts have said the development and implementation of the Government Food Harvest 2020 policy would be  “illegal and irresponsible” if it was carried out without a serious look at how it impacts on the long-term well-being of the country. The warning was published by The Environmental Pillar …

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Phil Hogan reveals true colours by delaying Climate Bill

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The Environmental Pillar expressed disappointment at today’s announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, that a Climate Change Bill is not a priority. This represents a significant backtrack on the Government’s commitment to deliver climate change legislation by 2012. Commenting on behalf of the Pillar today, Tara Connolly, convenor of the Pillar’s Climate and Energy Working Group, said: …

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Hogan’s decision to axe Sustainable Development Council strange and mistaken

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Environmental Pillar criticises the abolition of Comhar, the National Sustianable Development Council.  The Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership has expressed disappointment and concern at yesterday’s decision by the minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to abolish Comhar (the National Sustainable Development Council). Commenting on behalf of the Environmental Pillar, Pat Finnegan of Grian, a member of Comhar council said: “This is a strange …

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Speech to the Aarhus Convention Meeting of the Parties Wed 29th June 2011

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Text of speech by Michael Ewing, Coordinator of the Environmental Pillar Thank you chair The European ECO Forum would like to begin by thanking the Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation for his comprehensive and thoughtful report, and the members of the Task Force for their hard work to date in what is an enormous and highly relevant …

Ian CareySpeech to the Aarhus Convention Meeting of the Parties Wed 29th June 2011

Environmental Pillar criticises Jim Higgins MEP’s support for overfishing

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Dublin – 9th May 2011. The Environmental Pillar of social partnership has criticised Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins’ support for increasing fishing industry subsidies. Higgins is supporting European People’s Party members in calling for the Commission to double the financial assistance paid towards fuel costs for the fishing industry, because of rising oil prices.  But new research by Smart Taxes, …

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