Information re Pylons etc – submissions requested by 26-9-2014


As you will be aware, the Aarhus Convention is an important item of legislation that provides a mechanism for ordinary members of the public to obtain access to information on the environment, participate in decisions about the environment and have access to affordable justice on environmental matters.

This is particularly important to rural house owners and tenants who are being exposed at a rapidly increasing rate to the approval in close proximity of large industrial wind turbines and the electricity pylons associated with them, with seemingly little recourse to natural justice in the preservation of their homes.

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DoECLG) plan on reviewing the implementation of Article 9 “Access to Justice” of the Aarhus Convention, commencing 27 September 2014. Members of the public are invited to make submissions on the implementation of Article 9 prior to the commencement of the review.

It is essential that everyone who is affected, or may be affected, by the erection of wind farms and pylons (i.e. all rural dwellers), should make a submission of their views on the current implementation and proposals for its improvement.

The DoECLG would prefer that the public use either the online form or the Word template they provide on their website. Whilst this is convenient for the DoECLG, it does mean that they control the narrative of the submissions by their selection of questions. It is easy, but may not provide the structure that you prefer.

The alternative is to prepare a free-form submission and lodge it either by:

Email to:

Post to: Ms Aoife Joyce, Environment Policy and Awareness Section,
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government,
Newtown Road, Wexford.

Preparing a submission can be time consuming and difficult. Neil van Dokkum, whose blog “The Law is My Oyster” is so informative, has kindly prepared a submission template in Word format with suggested submission points which can be easily edited to reflect your views. This can be downloaded from:

Above all, do be sure to prepare and lodge your submission well before the closing date of 26 September 2014. Let your voice be heard – that is democracy at work.

Kind regards,


Nigel de Haas

Web Master



Co. Cork.

Tel: 023 8856896

Esther! For Such A Time As This – Movie Showing

Showing in Askamore Activity Centre on Thursday, September 4th, come along and see Lynne and Ray Crowe’s lavish production of Esther! For Such a Time As This – continuing from last year’s story.

8 pm – Thursday, September 4th. Bring all the family for this free showing – and have a cuppa following the show.

There will also be a showing of the movie in Gorey Scout’s Hall on Tuesday next, August 26th @ 8 pm.

A visually stunning, original musical, from the book of Esther in the Bible, will be brought to life for the whole family to enjoy.  Out of the pages of history and the Bible comes the amazing story of Esther, the young woman whom God selected to save her people from destruction. The story is as heartfelt and captivating as it is timeless. Bring the whole family to enjoy Esther! ~For Such A Time As This~ and be transported back in time to ancient Persia. The worldly King Xerxes and the beautiful Jewish girl were an unusual pair whom God chose to direct the course of history for His own people.

This musical, with a lively score and historically accurate script, features a talented cast and crew from America. Come and enjoy the uplifting music, festive dancing, magnificent costumes, and lavish sets.   Revel in the entertaining story of how a peasant girl became Queen Esther, of the largest empire in the world, and saved her entire race from certain death.  Esther’s story reaffirms how God’s mighty hand and His ultimate plan are always present, bringing hope to everyone.

Esther! is presented by Potter’s Hand Productions, an American company of more than 130 experienced actors, singers, dancers, and expert technicians, dedicated to professional Christian theatre, and unashamedly giving God his rightful glory. Potter’s Hand Productions is a non-profit organization that presents several free, major theatrical productions each year. Please join us for our next event! More information is available on our website at: or by emailing