Archive for June, 2009

Wicklow County Council Directed to Prepare an EIS by An Bord Pleanála

June 30th, 2009 -- Posted in Active, Water Scheme | No Comments »

Pat yourselves on the back! We have achieved the result we wanted from the hard work of everyone. An Taisce, Friends of the Murrough and Ourselves asked An Bord Pleanála to intercede in the matter and last Friday we received notification of their decision.
Direct the local authority to prepare an environmental impact statement in respect of the said proposed development based on the reason and considerations below.

Having regard to the sensitive nature of the River Vartry (a designated salmonid river) which discharges to the sea a short distance downstream at the Murrough Wetlands (a costal area designated both as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Special Protection Area (SPA), to the likely interaction between the proposed groundwater abstraction and the flow in the river and the possible negative impacts on the ecology of the river system, particularly at low flow, it is considered that the proposed development should be subjected to environmental impact assessment.
In deciding not to accept the Inspector’s recommendation that an environmental impact statement was not required, the Board noted his comments to the effect that the impacts on the River Vartry fisheries were likely and impacts on the SAC and SPA were possible. The Board considered that an environmental impace assessment was appropriate having regard to the sensitivity of the river and estuarine eco-systems.

This does not mean that it is over with the threat from the Water Scheme, only that the WCC must do this in the public eye. We will be pressing them for Local involvement and assistance in preparation of the EIS and that disclosures are made of all documents that might shed light on how much effect to the River they anticipated. (Currently we have requests for documents that have been refused by the WCC that are about to be released by the Commissioner of Information).

Reply From Pat Kavanagh

June 14th, 2009 -- Posted in Active, Politics | No Comments »

Thank you for your support. It is a shame alright. However, it’s far more important that groups of dedicated people continue to work together in a cohesive manner to ensure that our environment and natural resources are protected. In the words of Margaret Mead “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Wicklow County Council Election Results

June 8th, 2009 -- Posted in Politics | No Comments »

We are sorry to report that both Caroline Burrell and Pat Kavanagh did not make it into the Wicklow County Council this time. This is obviously due to the protest against the government and it is a great shame that these two excellent candidates have suffered from this. We will have to hope that they will persevere and they will put themselves forward again the next time.

Don’t Forget To Vote

June 2nd, 2009 -- Posted in Politics | No Comments »

We need supporters on the Wicklow County Council with a concern over the river. Cllr Caroline Burrell (Green Party) will contest a seat in Greystones for Wicklow County Council for the first time. She was actually the third member of the River Vartry Protection Society. She is positive, active, honest, and continually offers her help. Tireless. Patricia Kavanagh (Green Party) is a native of Wicklow Town and is running for Wicklow Town and County Council. Again Pat is so active and energetic which her work with the ‘Friends of the Murrough’ that she will be a force of good on the council for us. Please don’t forget to vote, it may be the most important thing you can do to help.