Case status: Findings adopted on 25.07.2021 – Non-compliance found.
Follow-up: On-going; see Decision VII/8i.
Topics: Definitions; Access to environmental information; Public participation; Access to justice.
Articles alleged: 3 (1); 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9.
Articles considered by the Committee: 2 (3) (b); 4; 5 (2), 5 (7); 6 (8), 6 (9); 7; 9 (1), 9 (3)–(5).
Articles, if any, found in non-compliance: 2 (3) (b); 4 (1); 9 (4).
Summary: On 29 May 2014, seven Irish non-governmental organizations submitted a communication to the Compliance Committee alleging the failure of Ireland to comply with articles 3 (1), 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the Convention in connection with renewable energy. The communicants alleged systemic breaches of the above provisions by the Party concerned in its implementation of the European Union renewable energy programme in the Party concerned through the Irish National Renewable Energy Action Plan.
|Document||Status||Date received or posted by the secretariat|
|From the communicant||29.05.2014|
|Letter to communicant||From the secretariat||22.08.2014|
|Letter to secretariat||From the communicant||03.09.2014|
|Email to secretariat||From the communicant||19.09.2014|
|Email to secretariat||From the communicant||12.11.2014|
|Letter to communicant||From the secretariat||21.11.2014|
Attachment 1: Report on Offaly Plan 2015-2020
|From the communicant||01.12.2014|
|Email attaching High Court list||From the communicant||28.06.2015|
|Letter to Party concerned enclosing preliminary determination of admissibility and forwarding communication for Party concerned's response||From the secretariat||29.06.2015|
|Update enclosing decision of Commission for Environmental Information dated 1 October 2015 regarding Coillte||From the communicant||03.10.2015|
|Update enclosing correspondence with European Commission||From the communicant||13.10.2015|
|Email enclosing response
Annexes: Zip fle
|From the Party concerned||30.11.2015|
|Update enclosing decision of the Commissioner for Environmental Information dated 11 December 2015 regarding Case CEI/13/0005||From the communicant||02.01.2016|
|Covering letter enclosing observer statement and annexes||From observer (Francis Clauson)||03.02.2016 (dated 30.01.2016)|
|From the communicant||06.03.2016|
|Letters inviting Party concerned and communicants to hearing at Committee's 53rd meeting||From the secretariat||19.05.2016|
Annex 1: Laois Co. Co response to a request for Environmental Information
Annex 2: Training in Environmental & Planning Law
|From observer (Fand Cooney)||02.06.2016 (dated 01.06.2016)|
|From the Party concerned||10.06.2016|
|Opening statement for hearing at Committee's 53rd meeting||From the communicant||23.06.2016|
|Opening statement for hearing at Committee's 53rd meeting
Annex: Independent review of the Draft Section 31 Direction on Westmeath County Development Plan 2014-2020
|From the Party concerned||24.06.2016|
|Email enclosing High Court judgment||From the communicant||12.08.2016|
|From observer (Environmental Pillar)||13.07.2016|
|Additional information regarding request to CJEU for preliminary ruling||From the communicant||18.08.2016|
|From the communicant||27.02.2017|
Annex 1: Information Note on the Review of the Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006, "Preferred Draft Approach"
Annex 2: Terms of Settlement on Judicial Review 2014 No. 712 JR
Annex 3: Department's Planning Advisor's Report and Decision-Making on Proposed Ministerial Declaration
Annex 4: Order of Certiorari on Judicial Review 2016 No. 976 JR
|From the communicant||03.09.2017|
|Update enclosing High Court judgement, Val Martin v An Board Pleanala, 2017 No. 104 JR, 11.01.2018||From the communicant||15.01.2018|
|Update||From the Party concerned||22.10.2019|
|Comments on the update of the Party concerned||From the communicant||23.10.2019|
|Draft findings and letters to the Party concerned and communicant inviting their comments||From the secretariat||14.06.2021|
|Letter enclosing comments on the Committee’s draft findings||From the Party concerned||23.07.2021|
|Comments on the Committee’s draft findings||From the communicant||23.07.2021|
|Comments on the Committee’s draft findings||From the observer, Irish Environmental Network||23.07.2021|