An Taisce says Supreme Court move against Nitrates Action Program is not “attack” on farming community


An Taisce said his decision to apply to the High Court for a judicial review of the government’s fifth Nitrates Action Program (NAP) announced in March was not an “assault on the farming community”.

The Nitrates Action Program is the framework underlying Ireland’s Nitrates Derogation, which allows farmers to exceed standard livestock levels on their holdings under strict farm management conditions. Thousands of Irish dairy farmers depend on this exemption for the economic sustainability of their businesses.

In an expected move, An Taisce said its decision to make the application was rooted in what it called “undisputed evidence” of the ongoing deterioration in water quality in Ireland.

A statement said water quality indicators were negative and continuing to decline, and that these figures were “damning evidence” that previous NAPs have failed in their purpose of enabling Ireland to meet the Nitrates Directive targets.

“In this context, we could not responsibly look on and do nothing. Our decision reflects An Taisce’s core mission to advocate for decisions by and in Ireland that ensure a greener future for the country as a whole. The proposed NAP simply does not provide the level of protection needed for water quality in Ireland.” it.

An Taisce said his concerns about the new NAP were “not addressed at all” by the government.

“Regrettably, instead of creating something that could help stop and reverse water pollution, the government has ignored science and the law by formulating a weak and inadequate NAP,” she claimed.

In his statement, An Taisce also said the move could be “misrepresented” as some sort of “attack” on the farming community.

“This motion is not directed against people or communities. On the contrary, it is the result of a long-standing commitment to ensure that the essential ingredients for thriving rural life and agriculture – i.e. clean water and uncontaminated soil – are preserved for future generations,” it said. An Taisce says Supreme Court move against Nitrates Action Program is not “attack” on farming community

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