Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Linkedin Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Email Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Print Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsApp NewsEnvironmentPoliticsGovernment blocks O’Dea Bill to remove EPA immunityBy Alan Jacques – March 13, 2019 1565 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGSEnvironmentEnvironmental Protection AgencyLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Twitter Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’DeaFIANNA Fáil TD Willie O’Dea is calling on the Government to bring about changes to legislation concerning the decision-making of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).This follows the Government’s decision to block the Limerick TD’s draft bill that to remove the EPA’s absolute right to immunity on the technical grounds that it could cause a charge on the Exchequer.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He now warns that the EPA’s imminent decision on Irish Cement will have huge implications for Limerick if the company is given the go-ahead for its €10 million plan to replace fossil fuels at its Castlemungret plant.“My Bill is a short but important piece of legislation. At present, the EPA has absolute immunity from suit despite a 2011 expert review group report saying that doubts have been expressed about the constitutionality of this immunity and whether it is compatible with obligations arising under the European Convention on Human Rights.“Furthermore, the review group concluded that the absolute nature of the EPA’s immunity was difficult to justify in a modern legislative scheme and that it should be revised, as appropriate, when the opportunity arises,” the Limerick politician explained.He insists that the EPA is an incredibly powerful organisation whose decisions impact on communities up and down the country.“As things stand, if Irish Cement are granted permission by the EPA to burn toxic substances at their cement factory in Mungret, you cannot appeal this decision to an outside body or bring a legal case against the EPA.“One of the key weaknesses in the operations of the EPA is its immunity from prosecution. Ultimately this means that there is a deficit of accountability and without accountability there is no real social or environmental responsibility,” he declared.“I pointed out to the Minister that the EPA are about to decide on a license application from Irish Cement for their plant in Mungret in Limerick — an operation that they are at present prosecuting for non-compliance. I also made the Minister aware that Limerick has some of the worst levels of pulmonary disease and asthma in the country and although the causes have not been determined, the fact that emissions from the cement works have carried pollution across the city for eighty years might well be a contributing factor”.He believes that the current situation where the EPA cannot be held accountable for it’s decisions is wrong. He doesn’t believe they should have absolute immunity, in all cases, from being sued.“Their actions have consequences. The EPA is the last bastion of unaccountability – can you imagine if An Garda Síochána weren’t accountable for their actions? This is an outlandish situation and has to change,” he concluded. TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Advertisement Previous articleMIDAS on the chorus line – Mary Immaculate Dramatic Arts Society celebrates 20 yearsNext articleStrong Line-Up for Electric Picnic 2019 Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Coomera developmentCONSTRUCTION has started on a new townhouse development in Coomera, with more than a third of it now sold.Park Edge, at 16 Bottle Brush Circuit, has 14 architecturally-designed townhouses overlooking parkland at Fernvale. The development is located at Park Edge in CoomeraIt is a short drive from shops, the local school, kindergarten and TAFE campus.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoEach two-storey home has open plan living on both levels and a living room which opens out to a private, fenced courtyard garden — perfect for children and pets. Porcelain floor tiles feature in the designListed by Sotheby’s Realty, the townhouses are for sale from $415,000 to $435,000.Gavin Arnold, of Queensland Sotheby’s Realty, said five of the 14 townhouses in the development had sold so far, with interest from both owner-occupiers and investors.Mr Arnold said the affordable price point and location had driven demand.He said the Coomera market was tracking well, with a high of turnover in stock, particularly townhouses. The design is ideal for families“People seem to be after smaller lots and low maintenance, everyone’s busy,” he said.The properties have porcelain floor and bathroom tiles, polished stone benchtops and vanities.Each has three bedrooms, including a master with ensuite and walk-in robe.
CMC – Assistant coach Roddy Estwick believes West Indies are better poised now than three years ago to carve out a positive series result on their proposed tour of England.On their last tour of the United Kingdom in 2017, the Caribbean side pulled off an astonishing victory in the second Test at Leeds, but suffered heavy defeats in the two other Tests to go down 2-1 in the three-Test series.However, Estwick said players had gained significant experience since then and with several other players coming through to give the Test squad greater depth, the Windies could prove a serious threat for their higher-ranked opponents.“For me, I think we might be a better team when we go to England this time,” Estwick said while overseeing training sessions at Kensington Oval for the Barbadian group selected in the 30-man provisional squad.“Three years ago in 2017, it was a very, very young unit. Now we’ve got seasoned Test players, we’ve got players with 50 Test matches so I think once we can hit the ground running and get the preparation in, get some match practice under our belts … we can be a lot better.”.“We’ve got youngsters coming through. We’ve got Rahkeem Cornwall who could be a big threat in England especially if the weather stays the way it is. We’ve got Chemar Holder who just had an outstanding first class season and we’ve got Alzarri Joseph who’s improving all the time.“So we’ve got backup for the first time in a long while – we’ve got Keemo Paul another exciting all-rounder so we’re quite solid bowling wise.”He added: “If we can get scores on the board we can really challenge England because I know the bowling will be good, and the three big men (Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel) are all in the top  in the world and that tells you our bowling unit is really improving.”West Indies will travel with 25 players to the UK for the proposed three-Test series in July, which will mark cricket’s first ever tour played in a “bio-secure” environment due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.The squad is expected to depart the Caribbean on June 8 and will be placed in a two-week quarantine following their arrival in England, before moving to “bio-secure” stadia for the duration of the series where they will be isolated from the public.Replacement players will be chosen from among the travelling contingent, which will also form the opposition for any tour matches.“You can understand why they’ve done it because once you’re in a secure system you can’t leave so if players get injured, you can’t come into the secure area. [So] we had to do it that way,” Estwick explained.“But it’s going to be a challenge because keeping 15 players who are not going to be involved happy is going to be a challenge but it’s something you’ve got to do.“As coaches we’ve got to put our heads together, we’ve got to come up with plans, we’ve got to make sure they stay sharp, make sure they stay ready if they get an opportunity to come in to replace whoever.”Estwick said intense planning for the tour was already underway and noted he had been in “constant contact” with head coach Phil Simmons who is currently based in the UK.“He’s been having Zoom meetings with all the management team. He’s trying to keep everybody upbeat – that’s the first thing he’s trying to do,” he said.“We’re having Zoom meetings sometimes two, three times per week … we had a meeting [last week] Saturday just to sit down and plan how we’re going to prepare what is needed to be done – the workload for the bowlers, the workload for the batters.“We’ve sorted that out now; it’s up to people to go and prepare, prepare properly, adhere to the protocols that are in place and try and stay as safe as possible.”West Indies are holders of the coveted Wisden Trophy after upsetting England 2-1 in a three-Test series in the Caribbean last year.