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Legal briefs: Chris Packham’s HS2 woodlands challenge fails; State loses bid to delay Shannon terminal hearing

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 4th April - 9th April, 2020

Chris Packham’s HS2 woodlands challenge fails

The Divisional Court has dismissed a judicial review challenge brought by broadcaster and environmental campaigner Chris Packham over the transport secretary’s decision to continue with the HS2 rail project, which will involve clearance work at six areas of woodland.

Local Government Lawyer

State loses bid to delay Shannon terminal hearing

Ireland’s High Court has turned down a request by the state to delay a legal challenge over the Shannon LNG (liquefied natural gas) project on account of the Covid-19 crisis.

Irish Independent

Ruling on justification for Co Tipperary forestry sale info request

Ireland’s Court of Appeal has overturned a “flawed” decision by the Commissioner for Environmental Information that data requested from the state forestry agency Coillte about a substantial land sale in County Tipperary, which it was claimed posed risks to wildlife and a historic site and buildings, was not “environmental information”.

Irish Times