Noonan in High Court to start fight against GM crops

Cllr Malcolm Noonan was in the High Court yesterday (Tuesday) to pave the way for a legal challenge against the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops in Carlow, for which the Environmental Protection Agency granted a licence to Teagasc in July.

Cllr Malcolm Noonan was in the High Court yesterday (Tuesday) to pave the way for a legal challenge against the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops in Carlow, for which the Environmental Protection Agency granted a licence to Teagasc in July.

He was among several people entering challenges in the High Court under what’s known as the Aarhus Convention (a UN “Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters”).

“We are seeking the ability to take a legal challenge that won’t land us with excessive legal costs,” Cllr Noonan said.

He said a High Court victory could make it easier for community groups to oppose planning decisions without fear of insurmountable legal costs.

“If the Aarhus Convention had been ratified by Ireland in 2005, it could have had profound implications on planning decisions up and down the country and communities’ ability to fight those decisions,” he said.