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Environmental Impact & Appropriate Assessment

  • 5 CPD Hours Apex Building, Blackthorn Road Sandyford Business District D18 (map)

As planners and engineers know, staying up-to-date on the latest legislation is a major facet of the role, particularly on environmental matters, where regulations are constantly being updated and changing, and the consequences of non-compliance can be huge. Staying up to date enables you to make much better decisions, and gives you time to appropriately prepare for upcoming developments. Equally, failing to comply means that you risk leaving you vulnerable to litigation and significant fines.

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 Content

Environmental Impact Assessment  

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

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)

  • Connelly v An Bord Pleanála (changes during appeal process)

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

In focus: 

  • Population and Human Health assessment

  • Cumulative Impacts and Alternatives

  • Mitigation and Monitoring

  • Integrated Assessments

  • New EIA Directive

Appropriate Assessment  

Recent AA / Habitats cases (EU and Irish), e.g. 

  • Grace and Sweetman v ABP (Windfarm, compensatory measures)

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

  • Holohan v. An Bord Pleanála (Road, qualifying interests, post consent survey)

  • Case C-142 Commission v Germany (Moorburg)

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

Who Should Attend?

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 you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate of Attendance as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Points. Please note certificates are issued only at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full 5 hours. 


This course costs €395 (Early-bird) normal rate is €445. Includes course documentation and light refreshments. While the course fee does not include lunch, we do provide freshly made sandwiches, coffee and a range of teas and fresh juice for those who require a light lunch. Alternatively you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops opposite the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.