Search

30 Nov 2021

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.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.


Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.