29 August – Start of the ABP Oral Hearing at the South Court Hotel. Philanthropist J.P. McManus sits through the entire four days of proceedings supported by the former county state solicitor, John Power.
LAP is represented by leading environmental consultant, Jack O’Sullivan. After ABP refuse to allow environmental scientist Dr Paul Connett to speak via a video conferencing call, LAP pays for him to fly in from the U.S. as an expert witness. The following politicians and residents made statements or gave presentations during the four day hearing.
- Daniel Butler.
- Liadh Ní Riada, MEP.
- Malachy McCreesh.
- Séighin Ó Ceallaigh.
- James Collins.
- Senator Kieran O’Donnell.
- Senator Maria Byrne.
- Deputy Jan O’Sullivan.
- Cian Prendiville.
- John Gilligan.
- Paul Keller.
- John Costelloe
- Cathal Crowe.
- Deputy Willie O’Dea.
- John Loftus.
- Kevin Feeney
- Tim Hourigan
- Jack O’Sullivan, Environmental Management Services.
- Paul Connett, Executive Director AEHSP.
- Gordon Reid, Physiologist.
- Angus Mitchell, Historian and Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics.
- Derek O’Dwyer.
- Joseph Burke.
- Tara Robinson.
- Martin Gleeson, Dooradoyle Estate and St. Nessan’s Park Residents Association.
- Trish Talty.
- Colin Moran (on behalf of his father Mr. Ken Moran).
- Margaret McMahon.
- Ivor Casey.
- Malachy McCreesh (on behalf of Ms. Sabrina Begoin & Mr. Jason Doherty).
- Denis Ryan, Gouldavoher Residents Association.
- Luisa Araujo.
- Tim Hourigan (on behalf of Educate Together Limerick East, Parents Association).
- James Tuohy (on behalf of Educate Together Limerick East, Board of Management).
- Martin Corcoran, Inis Lua Residents Association.
- Claire Keating, Slí na Manach Residents Association.
- Nuala Geoghegan.
- Mary Hamill.
- Helen McGee.
- Derek O’Dwyer (on behalf of Ms. Elsie McGee).
In the cross examination LCCC were forced to acknowledge that they did not carry out the necessary due diligence regarding the planning application at the oral hearing. In his summing up their barrister stated that “should the information that LAP presented have been available to them at the time there very well could have been a different outcome”.
7 September – Residents complain of another ‘dust incident’ on residences near to the cement plant.