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CCA Documents

Coastal Concern Alliance (CCA) is an independent citizens’ group set up in 2006 to campaign for reform of the undemocratic Foreshore Act 1933 which governs construction at sea, and the introduction of coastal and marine planning to conserve and protect marine wildlife and coastal landscapes and seascapes.  We are in favour of offshore renewable energy projects to help cut Ireland’s fossil fuel consumption provided such schemes are sensitively located in line with good international environmental practice.  We have been lobbying government on the need to reform foreshore governance since our foundation.

In addition, we have made comprehensive submissions to numerous pertinent public consultations (see below). In the decade since 2006, we have seen the concerns we have raised about: i) the need for proper public consultation on offshore developments and ii) the adverse impact on landscape and marine wildlife of inappropriately sited offshore wind farms, become mainstream throughout the EU.

A main focus of CCA submissions in recent years has been the developer- led nature of the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) drafted by Minister Eamon Ryan in 2010 and adopted by Government in 2014. This Plan and its accompanying SEA/Environmental Report is a clear example of retrospective planning.  It  encompasses  and endorses  massive developments with hundreds of  giant turbines  permitted  (1,600 MW ) and progressed (2000MW)  in full view of the  high amenity coasts of Wicklow, Dublin  and Louth  during the Celtic Tiger years  under outdated legislation (Foreshore Act 1933), with no Plan, no Strategic Environmental Assessment,  no public tender for sites, on the sole authority of the Minister for the Marine with no statutory involvement of local authorities, no public right of appeal and no independent professional assessment of visual impact on adjoining  coastlines.

There is full knowledge at all levels of government of these legacy issues which must be addressed if Ireland’s seas are to be governed in a democratic manner in the public interest.


Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill
Dublin Array Offshore Windfarm Foreshore Lease Application
A New Planning and Consent Architecture for the Marine
Irish Offshore Wind: Beyond the Reach of Planning?
Global Offshore Wind Farms: Comparison with Ireland
Our Ocean Wealth
Providence Resources Application for Foreshore Licence in Kish Basin
Draft Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan
National Renewable Energy Action Plan
Sceirde Offshore Windfarm Foreshore Lease Application
Oriel Windfarm Foreshore Lease Application
Energy Green Paper
Ireland: Offshore Wind Farm Development 2002-2010
Ireland East Coast Wind Photomontages