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Legal round-up: Irish government sees off climate challenge; Councils panned over traveller and gypsy provision

Words: Matt Moody
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A round-up of legal news: 21 September-27 September, 2019

Irish government sees off climate challenge

In a landmark case the High Court has found in favour of the Irish government after a group of climate activists challenged its blueprint for tackling climate change, claiming it was in violation of human rights and other legal obligations.

Irish Times

Councils panned over traveller and gypsy provision

Planning authorities are failing to allocate sites for gypsies and travellers who have stopped travelling because of old age, ill health, educational needs or disability, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has highlighted in a new report.

Local Government Lawyer

JR over Kent ancient monument threat

Campaigners have launched a judicial review of Folkestone and Hythe District Council’s decision to grant planning permission for development on land at Hythe next to the Royal Military Canal, a scheduled ancient monument.

Local Government Lawyer

Arun DC distances itself from its local plan

Arun District Council has passed a motion expressing no confidence its own local plan after a change of administration, amid concern at the impact of climate change on the coastal plain where thousands of new homes were expected to be built.

Local Government Lawyer

Dublin housing row heading to court?

Residents in Dublin’s south inner city have threatened judicial review proceedings against Dublin City Council’s plans to build a seven-storey social housing block close to their flats.

Irish Times