1-2 April – Technical problems at the Irish Cement plant; hundreds of adjoining properties and cars are covered with a sticky, grey and gritty substance. The EPA is bombarded with complaints from concerned residents. Fugitive dust-storms continue for several days during an unusually dry spring.
3 April – LAP hand-deliver their objection to An Bord Pleanála.
6 April – EPA visits Irish Cement plant and the effected surrounding area. Irish Cement deny all culpability.
8 April – Limerick Leader run a story ‘Irish Cement strongly denies dust emission from factory’.
26 April – The Limerick Leader runs a front-page story detailing the EPA’s report confirming that the sample dust taken on 6 April most likely emanated from Irish Cement. Irish Cement offer free car washes at a special car wash on the Dock Road.
27 April – Irish Examiner carries a story ‘EPA investigates cement plant over city dust cloud’.
April / May EPA and LCCC establish ‘a network of dust monitoring units in four locations in Limerick City that are providing information on dust levels.’ And order a ‘formal compliance investigation’ of the dust emissions from the Mungret plant. The monitors would breakdown in 2018.
May Day concert – Love Our Air – LAP organise a concert at St Michael’s Church, beside the People’s Park, Pery Square. Young musicians include an ensemble of harpists.
6 May – An editorial piece in the Limerick Leader says that ‘Confidence in Irish Cement is Evaporating’
19 May – Limerick Post reports that there are 18,443 people with asthma in Limerick. Complaints made locally that a strong smell of burning rubber is reported in the Mungret area, including the new playground facility.
22 May – Sinn Féin organise a meeting where Ireland South MEP, Liadh Ní Riada outlines strategies for opposing Irish Cement at a European level and says that she will meet with the European Environment Agency about the matter.
31 May – Joint statement by EPA, LCCC and HSE executive. LAP meet with Dr Mai Mannix, Tom Boland and Tessa Grealy to articulate their concerns about the health risks.
31 May – Ireland bans fracking. Indaver granted permission by ABP to build an incinerator in Ringaskiddy.
2 June – In a letter answering LAP’s concerns about the lack of baseline health status data, Dr Mannix said that ‘Congenital anomaly surveillance is not in place for HSE Mid-West despite a recommendation having been made in the Askeaton Report in 1998 that this should be implemented – this is because the establishment of a national congenital anomaly surveillance system has been held up by the need to introduce enabling legislation through the Health Information and Patient Safety Bill which has not yet become law.’
9 June – Dr Paul Connett a leading Environmental Chemist gives a lecture on ‘The Problems, Dangers and Alternatives to Incineration’ at the Strand Hotel. It is attended by several hundred concerned citizens and residents. He points to the shortfalls in regulation, monitoring and enforcement threatening the public and environmental health of the region.
11 June – LAP organises a nationwide Zero Waste workshop at Cloughjordan eco-village.
17 June – Dr Paul Connett calls for an independent review of Aughinish Alumina’s plans to blast rock adjacent to the red mud ponds, calling it ‘reckless’ planning.