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Environment & Planning

Our experience includes advising/representing:

  • Advising EirGrid plc, the Irish state-owned electricity transmission operator in relation to a proposed emergency development of additional electricity generation capacity to secure supply for the next number of years.
  • Advising Aughinish Alumina on its strategic infrastructure development planning application for a multi-million euro expansion of its bauxite disposal facility at Askeaton, County Limerick.
  • Acting for a data centre developer in three separate sets of High Court proceedings connected with its proposed €1 billion data centre in Clonee, County Meath.
  • Acted for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) on the acquisition by its fund of 50% of Statkraft A/S’ offshore wind portfolio in Ireland.
  • Advising EirGrid Plc on the planning and environmental aspects of the financing of the Celtic Interconnector, a 700MW submarine power cable linking Ireland and France which will re-connect Ireland to the European electricity market.
  • Advising Fingal County Council on issues surrounding Dublin Airport and Fingal County Council’s statutory role as the aircraft noise competent authority for the purposes of the EU Aircraft Noise Regulation.
  • Advising Diageo on the environmental noise controls related to the operation of the St James’ Gate Guinness Brewery.
  • Advising Fingal County Council on all planning and environmental law aspects of two major flagship development projects – the proposed extension of the Royal Canal Greenway and the proposed Swords Cultural Quarter.
  • Standing advisor to Tesco Ireland on all planning matters related to the construction, operation and redevelopment of its Irish stores
  • Acted for Hammerson/Chartered Land in two related sets of proceedings in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal concerning the designation of the Moore Street area as a National Monument.

Our areas of expertise Include:

  • Strategic Infrastructure Development
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Habitats Directive compliance
  • Judicial Review
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Environmental controls and licensing
  • Marine area / foreshore development
  • Climate Change Issues
  • AIE / FOI
  • Contaminated Land issues
  • Waste Management Law and Policy
  • The EU Emissions Trading Scheme and other Climate Change Controls
  • Planning and environmental due diligence
  • Planning Oral Hearings
  • Environmental Liability