Lax Irish development practices targeted

Ireland’s failure to insist on environmental impact assessments before major development projects are carried out will be scrutinised by the European Court of Justice on Thursday.

9th February, 2008

Ireland’s failure to insist on environmental impact assessments before major development projects are carried out will be scrutinised by the European Court of Justice on Thursday.

The European Commission brought an action against Ireland in May 2006, claiming that the government had failed to comply with its obligations under the 1985 Impact Assessment Directive.

The commission complained that Ireland did not require checks to be carried out before major projects begin, and allows environmental impact...

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