Environmental Impact & Appropriate Assessment

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Environmental Impact & Appropriate Assessment


Lessons Learned from Recent Cases and the Latest Legal Developments


Date: 29th October 2020


IN PERSON - CMG Training Offices - Apex Building, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18 (Places Limited)

VIRTUALLY – Via our online interactive stream



We will be taking every measure to ensure social distancing is comfortably maintained while


This course will provide guidance in relation to the law surrounding Environmental Impact Assessments, and AA & Habitats cases. We will explore some of the more recent EIA cases in the Irish Courts, as well as key cases regarding AA & Habitats in both Ireland and the EU. We will look at the key things you really need to know about the EIA directive 2014/52/EU, and we will examine IROPI (Imperative Reasons for Overriding Public Interest) in the context of the AA process including topical IROPI case studies, and more.


On top of the legal side we will examine practical solutions to common issues that can arise in these areas, both legal, scientific and practice, and will enhance your existing understanding of the key issues in this challenging area. You will take home a highly informative course pack that you can refer back to, and you will leave with 5 Structured CPD Points to add to your yearly requirements.


Course Reviews:


“Course is informative and well developed and presented” - Environmental Engineer, OPW

“Great presenter and very useful discussion” - Planner, Coakley O'Neill






What you will learn;


Environmental Impact Assessment

New EIA Directive 2014/52/EU – The key things you need to know

European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 - updates and changes introduced (pre-screening, EIA Portal, competency of experts)


Recent cases:

·         O’Sullivan v An Bord Pleanála (cumulative assessment – wind farm)

Alen-Buckley v An Bord Pleanála  (assessment of alternative options)

·         Daly v. Kilronan Wind farm (exemptions)

·         Holohan v. An Bord Pleanála  (Road, main alternatives, baseline)

·         Fitzpatrick v. An Bord Pleanála (cumulative assessment, future development)


In focus:

·         Population and Human Health assessment – guidance from the UK

·         Cumulative Impacts

“Reasonable” Alternatives

·         Mitigation and Monitoring



Appropriate Assessment

Recent cases:

·         Decision of the CJEU in Case C-164/17 Grace and Sweetman v ABP (Windfarm, mitigation or compensatory measures)

·         People Over Wind v. Coillte (Windfarm, mitigation measures at screening)

 Kelly v An Bord Pleanála (SUDS at screening), Dunne v Offaly County Council, Heather Hill Management Company Clg v An Bord Pleanála

·         Decision of the CJEUin Case C-461/17 Holohan v. An Bord Pleanála  (Road, alternatives, qualifying interests, post consent survey)

·         Remedial Obligations (Friends of the Irish Environment v An Bord Pleanála, Case C 411/17 Inter Environnement Wallonie)


Article 6(3) and 6(4) process:

·         Common pitfalls

Adverse effects on the integrity of a Natura 2000 site

·         Certainty and the AA Process

·         Mitigation vs Compensation

·         Article 6(4) – alternatives, compensatory measures and IROPI

·         IROPI – cases studies



Brendan Slattery, Partner, McCann FitzGerald

Brendan was recently appointed Head of Environment and Planning at McCann FitzGerald, providing sophisticated and strategic advice to a broad spectrum of clients in the oil and gas, utilities and power generation, transport, water, waste management, agriculture, marine, minerals, pharmaceutical, agri-business and development sectors.

He spent the last five years at Barry Doyle & Company, working with the Environmental Protection Agency, An Bord Pleanála, many local authorities, the Irish Environmental Network, Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Health and Safety Authority.

Before then, he was a partner at Arthur Cox. During fourteen years there, he developed a strong practice in the field of environment, planning and climate change. He has extensive experience advising regulatory authorities, developers, funders and objectors on a wide range of local and national infrastructure. Having worked on almost every major energy infrastructure project in Ireland during that period, including every major waste-fuelled power project, and on significant projects in other sectors, Brendan has been advising on the most important issues in this complex area of the law.




This seminar is intended for people who have experience with the preparation of plans and projects involving Environmental Impact Assessment and Appropriate Assessment, and would also be of interest to those who may have attended CMG Professional Training’s previous EIA/AA seminars.




On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate in Environmental Impact & Appropriate Assessment as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Hours. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants on completion of the course. You will also receive a full Environmental Impact & Appropriate Assessment course pack to refer back to at any time in the future. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.



Date:     Times:    9.30am to 3.30pm
Venue:   Apex Building, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18

Attendance Options:     

IN PERSON - CMG Training Offices - Apex Building, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18

VIRTUALLY – Via our online interactive stream                                                                                  




An ‘Early Bird’ discounted rate of €425 is currently available. This training course normal rate is €495. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY BIRD RATE CLOSES 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO COURSE DATE.

For all courses booked by members between now and August 31st 2020 we will offer them at €395 instead of the usual Early Bird €425/435 cost.

To avail of the offer they will just have to mention the National Guild on their booking form.

The course cost includes all course documentation, Environmental Impact & Appropriate Assessment training pack and Certificates. 




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