RTP Company withdraw their planning application

RTP Company withdraw their planning application

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An Bord Pleanála sent notification on September 16th 2019 to our Chairperson Brendan McCarthy that RTP Company T/A Daly Products Ltd. have withdrawn their application for the plastic factory and that there is no ‘live’ planning application now.
This case is now closed.
Our campaign has been successful in ways we could never have imagined when we started. This has been a brilliant example of ‘People Power’.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh!!!

Thank you everyone for your support!!!

 

Campaigners welcome news that Skibbereen plastics factory plan is withdrawn

‘Job done’ says group against plastics factory

US company withdraws plans for Skibbereen plastic factory

 

For further information or any questions for the campaign, please email us at info@saveourskibbereen.ie 

 

 

 

High Court Order : 30th July 2019

High Court Order : 30th July 2019

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Save our Skibbereen : Press Release – 29th July 2019

 

In the High Court on 30th July 2019, An Bord Pleanala consented to the Court granting an Order of Certiorari quashing the decision of the Bord dated 29th November 2018 which had permitted the construction of a thermoplastic compounds production facility at Poundlick, Baltimore Road, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

And it is ordered that the subject matter of the said decision be remitted to An Bord Pleanala to be decided in accordance with law.

As is normal in cases of this kind, the subject matter of the decision will be remitted by the High Court to the Bord for further consideration which may result in a request to Daly Products Limited for a Natura Impact Statement. We will be a copy party to communications between the Bord and Daly Products Limited and to any NIS and will have opportunity to challenge or object.

We are advised that it will take a year to 18 months for procedures between the Bord and Daly Products Limited to play out and that no development can be commenced in that period.

Unusually, Daly Products Limited has not engaged in any way in the current process.

An Bord Pleanala has agreed to pay our legal costs.

We remain vigilant and ready to do whatever it takes to ensure that this development will never proceed. We also take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters from Skibbereen, West Cork and beyond, who have donated to our campaign, fundraised for our campaign and helped raise awareness of our campaign in local, national and international circles.

If you have questions about this decision, please contact us as per details below and we will endeavour to respond promptly.

For more information on our campaign :

Website : www.saveourskibbereen.ie

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurSkibbereen

Email : info@saveourskibbereen.ie

 

For Press Contacts :

SOS Chairperson : Brendan McCarthy – 086 8617605

SOS Communications : Brendan McCormack – 083 4859058

SOS Legal Communications : Harry Sexton – 086 2407384

SOS Coordinator : Fiona Hayes – 087 9256029

Message from Greta Thunberg – July 2019

Message from Greta Thunberg – July 2019

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Early in July 2019 , we received Greta Thunberg’s message of support to the ‘Save Our Skibbereen’ and ‘Bantry Bay – Protect our Native Kelp Forest’ campaigns.

http://www.bantrybaykelpforest.com/

The video came from Saoi O’Connor – who has been leading the School Climate Strikes in Ireland. We have met many times with herself and her parents, Isolda and Brendan, and this has led to meetings with the Bantry Bay Kelp Campaign as well.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/climate-strikes-irish-students-rally-across-the-country-1.3903120

It goes without saying that we are hugely grateful to Greta for taking an interest in our campaigns and for taking the time to make and send on the video. Without the networking between all our groups, none of this would be possible.

The transcript of the video is as follows :

“Hi, my name is Greta Thunberg. I am a Swedish activist and I just want to send my full support to the climate activists in Cork fighting to stop the building of a new plastic factory and the harvesting of kelp along the coastlines. These two proposals would be catastrophic for the climate and the environment especially since natural rewilding is one of the most effective and best ways to stop the climate crisis. So, you have our full support and we stand behind you and we are very grateful that you are fighting for everyone’s future and don’t give up – never stop. Thank you.”

Watch the video here :

 

July 2nd 2019 – Mention in High Court : What Does That Mean? 

July 2nd 2019 – Mention in High Court : What Does That Mean? 

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It has been a little while since we sent out an update; and the SOS stand at the Saturday Market in Skibbereen is getting visitors inquiring into “what is happening now?”

The answer is ‘Not A Lot”. As you know we were granted a Judicial Review by the High Court and we had a  Court Date of March 12th. The case was postponed for 4 weeks by request of An Bord Pleanála ( ABP ) . This is a usual occurrence. When a Judicial Review is granted  the parties to that review are notified and given the opportunity to let the Courts know if they will be contesting the case.

The case has been adjourned again twice since then, by request of An Bord Pleanála; and so we are still waiting to hear their position. The next date in Court is July 2nd so we may have a better idea of “what is happening now” after that day.

An Bord Pleanála’s reason for adjournment is that they are overrun with cases.

In the mean time the Government has declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency and have stated they are committed to the National Mitigation Plan and the National Adaptation Plan. However at the same time as making this commitment, Government Departments are making decisions that run contrary to this declaration, such as the granting of planning permission for an incinerator in Cork Harbour, the destruction of an important Carbon Sink in Bantry Bay through mechanical harvesting of Kelp, the granting of exploration licences for oil and gas companies off the Coast of Kerry and of course the granting of Planning Permission for raw oil based polymer to be compounded in Skibbereen.

In all these places local people have come together in fund raising to take An Bord Pleanála to the High Court in order to challenge a decision that spells ecological devastation and runs contrary to the declared Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.

Judicial Review is not simply handed out to any one, however in all of these cases the High Court has ruled that the community have a reasonable case to bring and thus An Bord Pleanála have a case to answer.
If An Bord Pleanála are overrun with these cases as they claim, then surely there is something wrong with the criteria or process that they follow in their judgement.

These recent and ongoing actions of government departments, such as the planning and licensing departments demonstrate that in the absence of a clear and detailed government policy at a national level for ALL government departments to adhere to, we will not meet climate change targets however much we declare an emergency.

We all have a responsibility to pressure our politicians to create this clear government policy rapidly.

The Changing Climate is not waiting for us to catch up.

Watch out on our Facebook Page and Discussion Group Page to find out what happens on 2nd July.

– Fiona Vincent, SOS.

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