Planning & Environment

Climate change: a real and present danger

A documentary presented by David Attenborough (BBC 1,Sunday 21st Jan) will present the findings of the largest ever climate prediction project involving simulation programs run on over 54,000 computers. The resulting data was analysed at Oxford University to give the most detailed picture of our likely future climate.

'Just one large commuter belt'

In the latest of a series of controversial decisions, Wicklow County Council has ignored the advice of its own planners and rezoned land near Greystones to enlarge a massive housing project. With inadequate roads, poor public transport and limited employment opportunities, locals fear the area will become just one large commuter belt. By Frank Connolly

Campaign to save 200-year-old trees in Limerick

Local residents in Limerick are campaigning to save four large trees on the site of a new aparthotel in Highfield, Limerick city. Two of the trees – Monterey Cypress tress – are estimated to be 150-200 years old. The other two are a Giant Redwood and a Turkey Oak tree.


Lansdowne Road ruckus re-ignites debate in GAA

As opposition to the planned new stadium at Lansdowne Road mounts, GAA members have re-ignited debate over the use of Croke Park for rugby and soccer matches, saying the existing Lansdowne grounds should be kept open until the go-ahead for recontruction is given. By Frank Connolly


Shell employ Sinn Féin member on Corrib pipeline

One of the three members of the only Sinn Féin cumann in the Erris peninsula is employed by Shell E&P on the Corrib gas pipleine and terminal project. Paddy Ruddy, from Muingingane, Kilcommon, is a member of the local cumann based in Ballycroy and is one of the few local people employed by Shell on the gas project.

Green belt up for rezoning

Plans to rezone lands in north Dublin have met with criticism from local residents, who say that the area is not suited to industrial use and that the changes will benefit a landowner who has been accused of operating an unauthorised haulage business there. By Frank Connolly