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As published in Renewable Energy Magazine, December 2020. Offshore wind will play a crucial role in Ireland meeting its climate targets and reaching 70 per cent renewable electricity by 2030. There are currently several challenges to be tackled to ensure the timely development of Irish offshore wind projects, one such challenge being the establishment of […]

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As published in Renewable Energy Magazine, December 2020. The pre-legislative scrutiny process for the proposed Marine Planning and Development Management Bill commenced at the end of November 2020, at the same time that a revised FAQ document (version 2) was published by the Department. The publication of the Bill itself is not expected until January […]

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The High Court has ordered a wind farm operator to make discovery of raw wind farm data and other records to plaintiffs who have alleged in section 160 planning injunction proceedings that the wind farm is causing a nuisance in terms of noise, vibration and shadow-flicker. In Byrne & Others v ABO Wind Ireland & […]

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As published in the Engineers Journal, November 13th 2020. Subsea fibre optic cables transfer 99% of transoceanic data, operating at the speed of light and on a global scale. They are the physical structures which enable international connectivity in virtually all areas of our lives, including internet access, video calls, gaming and content-streaming services, not […]

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On November 11, The Environmental Protection Agency and the Irish Centre for European Law will host a virtual conference on the theme Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2020. The conference will consider a number of contemporary topics relating to environmental law enforcement including: Protecting the natural environment; The role of law in climate action; Environmental Impact […]

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Further to previous updates, a new Order has been made pursuant to section 251A(5) of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended (“the Act”). By Order dated 9 May 2020, the timelines and specified/appropriate periods under the Act and associated legislation have been extended until 23 May 2020, bringing the extension of these time […]

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At last, the first competition to be held under the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) is underway, with the closing date for the submission of the application to qualify for such competition being later this week, 30 April 2020. This scheme, which will be structured as a two-way floating feed in premium, will provide support […]

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On 29 March, 2020, the Government made Orders under Section 251A(5) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 as amended (“the Act”) which resulted in an extension of time for a range of timelines and specified/appropriate periods under this Act and associated legislation. The time periods in question were extended in duration from 29 March […]

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The Government has made orders under Section 251(A) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 as amended (“PDA”), which result in an extension of time by 23 days of a range of specified/appropriate periods and timelines under the PDA and other related legislation. An Order under Section 251A means that the time periods specified for […]

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