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Legal briefs: Substitute consent regime ‘incompatible with EU regulations’; Scottish Parliament petitioned over ancient woodland

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 4 July-10 July, 2020

Substitute consent regime ‘incompatible with EU regulations’

The Irish Supreme Court has ruled that the substitute consent regime is incompatible with EU regulations on environmental assessment following cases involving quarries in County Monaghan and County Kildare.

Irish Times

Scottish Parliament petitioned over ancient woodland

Campaigners have lodged a petition at the Scottish Parliament calling for Scotland’s remaining fragments of ancient and native woodlands to receive “full legal protection” after arguing that current safeguards are neither stringent enough nor fit for purpose.

Glasgow Herald

Belfast Chinese Consulate wall ‘protected by diplomatic immunity’

Belfast City Council is not expected to appeal against its failure to secure a court injunction to prevent the building of an unauthorised wall at the Chinese Consulate because the works are protected by diplomatic immunity.

Irish News

Dublin water treatment plant challenge

A proposed €500 million waste water treatment plant at Clonshaugh, north Dublin, got planning approval “without any meaningful assessment of what comes out at the end of the pipe”, the High Court has been told.

Irish Times