The Environmental Pillar welcome the decision of An Taisce to challenge the High Court ruling on the N86 road as it could have a substantial knock on impact.
Today An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland – announced that it intends to pursue its case regarding the N86 Dingle road to the Court of Appeal.
The Environmental Pillar, which is made up of 28 national environmental NGOs, supports this as it presents an opportunity for Ireland to clarify how the requirements of the Aarhus Convention are being upheld in this case.
Under the Aarhus Convention, Irish law is required to provide that proceedings are fair and equitable and special cost requirements apply to environmental cases taken. This point needs to be clarified not just for the case relating to the Dingle road but also for a range of future cases relating to environmental law.
Michael Ewing a spokesperson for the Environmental Pillar:
“An Taisce’s decision is most welcome. This case raises issues of exceptional public importance and presents an opportunity for Ireland to clarify how the Aarhus Convention’s requirements about fairness, equity, effectiveness and special cost requirements apply to court cases in Ireland, and the EU laws implementing them. It is imperative that this is addressed.”