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ACCC/C/2014/112 Ireland

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


Annex 1

Annex 2

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

Communicant's response to Committee's questions

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)
Email 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
Observer statement
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)

Additional information

Annex 1: Third progress report on the National Renewable Energy Action Plan
Annex 2: Annual Report of the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information

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

Letter enclosing observer statement

Annex 1
Annex 2
Annex 3

From observer (Environmental Pillar) 13.07.2016
Additional information regarding request to CJEU for preliminary ruling From the communicant 18.08.2016
Email From the communicant 27.02.2017

Update with further information

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
Findings ENG   25.07.2021