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Locals commit funds for legal challenge

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By Sean Moriarty

Over 150 households in the Sliabh Luachra area have committed to pay €5 a week standing-order to fund legal costs against plans for a battery storage compound.

 

In June this year, the Ballinahulla Battery Awareness Group (BBAG) applied for a judicial review after An Bord Pleanala upheld planning permission granted by Kerry County Council to build a battery storage site in their area. Locals are concerned about fire risks at the compound and are also fighting a plan to build more wind turbines in the region.

 

On Monday, BBAG joined forces with other communities in Kerry, including Ballybunion and Ballylongford to protest outside Kerry County Council in Tralee. Their combined mantra is “No more wind farms”.

 

The Ballinahulla group have also launched phase-two of their fundraising drive to challenge Kerry County Council in the High Court regarding the battery storage complex and to fight An Bord Pleanála in relation to additional wind turbines in the area.

 

“Monday’s protest in Tralee was louder and carried more energy than our previous protests  as we were joined by other communities in Kerry who face similar issues,” group chair Anita O’Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We re-grouped after that and had a local meeting on Wednesday night. We have a commitment from over 150 households to lodge €5 a week into our Credit Union account to pay for legal proceedings – the momentum is phenomenal.”

 

Meanwhile at the first meeting of the new Castleisland-Chorca Dhuibne Muncipal District the members put forward a joint motion calling on Minister Eoghan Murphy to put a halt on all future planning applications in relation to renewable energy projects such as wind turbines, battery stations until new guidelines are published.

 

“The current guidelines which date back to 2006 for wind turbines are no longer fit for purpose but our local authorities are being asked to continue considering planning applications under guidelines of which could be obsolete in a number of months,” said Cllr. Jackie Healy-Rae.

 

“At a time when Government are pushing new climate strategy and trying to be green, they are yet again putting the cart before the horse as it is grossly irresponsible and neglectful to be considering planning applications on guidelines that are 13-years-old. Communities have been torn apart and destroyed by some of these applications and it is extremely unfair to allow this continue.”

 

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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