Bill for marine planning is set to be a lose-lose situation for all stakeholders

The recently passed Maritime Area Planning (MAP) Act is set to be a lose-lose situation for both the climate and biodiversity crises. Given fundamental issues within the act and Ireland’s marine spatial plan, the National Marine Planning Framework, the resulting decision-making system will be deeply problematic for all stakeholders, including those hoping for massive expansion … Read more

Lack of action to address sewage problem out of step with public concern about water pollution

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is calling for immediate action from government to dramatically improve Ireland’s waste water infrastructure, following today’s publication of a report from the EPA on Urban Waste Water Treatment [1] and this week’s CSO Household Environmental Concerns survey [2], which found water pollution was the environment problem of most concern to … Read more

Renewable energy, marine habitats and coastal communities all at risk with Maritime Area Planning Bill 

National environmental groups are calling on the Government to ensure that the necessary time is given to the Maritime Area Planning Bill in order to protect and restore our marine environment and ensure that offshore renewables are truly sustainable. [1]  Ireland is marching itself towards widespread obstacles for renewable energy, longstanding depleted marine habitats and … Read more

SWAN joins the Environmental Pillar and Stop Climate Chaos in launching agriculture policy paper

Three leading environment and climate coalitions today published policy recommendations that could transform agriculture in Ireland, the sector with the most significant impacts on climate, biodiversity and water. Towards a New Agricultural and Food Policy for Ireland is the fruit of over 70 organisations’ collective labour and expertise, and was jointly published today by The … Read more