Environmental Law

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A private member's bill on the protection of hedgerows, drawn up with the help of the Climate Bar Association, has been introduced to the Dáil. The Protection of Hedgerows Bill 2024 was drafted by the Hedgerows Legislation Project, a working group of Comhshaol, the Climate Bar Association, an

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Limerick City and County Council has failed to justify its refusal to disclose information about potential lobbying by a property developer, the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information (OCEI) has ruled. Environmental Trust Ireland requested information from Limerick City and County

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Company directors should consider their company's nature-related risks as part of their legal duties under the law of England and Wales, a legal opinion commissioned by Pollination Law and the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI) has found. Authored by a team of five barristers led by Shar

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A landmark legal challenge relating to the regulation of diesel car emissions in Northern Ireland returned to the High Court today for the first time since the return of devolved government. Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland, represented by The Public Interest Litigation Support (PILS) Project a

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A dispute over the Mullaghglass landfill site in Co Antrim is set to become the first environmental case of its kind to be appealed from the Northern Ireland courts to the UK Supreme Court in London. Belfast firm Phoenix Law is representing Noeleen McAleenon, one of a number of local residents who h

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Ireland has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for failing to introduce penalties for breaches of EU biodiversity rules. The Invasive Alien Species Regulation, which came into force nearly a decade ago, obliges EU member states to take effective measures to prevent in

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A new Planning and Environmental Court with three dedicated judges has been officially launched today in a bid to speed up complex judicial reviews. Mr Justice Richard Humphreys will preside over the court, which has been established as a specialised division within the High Court and has been warml

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Newly-commenced legislation requires all public service bodies, including government departments, agencies and local authorities, to integrate biodiversity into their plans, policies and programmes. The Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2023 places a statutory duty on these public bodies to comply with the g

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No prosecutions have been brought for felling or damaging protected trees in Northern Ireland since 2019 despite more than 350 complaints. A new report by the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) finds that while 369 tree protection breaches reported between 2019 and 2022, only one res

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A first-of-its-kind judicial review aimed at forcing Northern Ireland's Department of Infrastructure to resume carrying out exhaust emissions tests on diesel cars has been delayed until January. The case brought by Friends of the Earth NI with support from The PILS Project was expected to return to

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Environmental campaigners have lodged an appeal challenging a High Court ruling which paves the way for controversial plans to construct gas caverns under the seabed at Larne Lough. Mr Justice Michael Humphreys ruled in September that the decision to grant the marine license to the developers was a

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A first-of-its-kind judicial review being heard in Northern Ireland's High Court today aims to force the Department of Infrastructure to resume carrying out exhaust emissions tests on diesel cars for the first time in nearly two decades. Hundreds of thousands of diesel cars have never received a leg

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The Irish government has been urged to heed a new UN report identifying the climate crisis as "an urgent and systemic threat to children's rights globally". The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child yesterday launched its general comment on children's rights and the environment, which considers th

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The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) has recommended a series of changes to strengthen the draft environmental principles policy statement (EPPS) for Northern Ireland. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) asked the OEP — which was established post-Brexi

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