28 November – Silent Protest outside the council buildings in Dooradoyle prior to the decision by LCCC executive to grant planning permission. LAP member, Angus Mitchell makes a statement in the council chamber. He lists the risks to health and safety, the environment and the reputation of the mid-west region if the ICL/CRH plans get the go ahead. All council officials and some of the councillors refuse to listen and leave the chamber, but other councillors show their support.
17 January – Public meeting in St. Paul’s school
22 February – Cllr. Cian Prendiville writes a long opinion piece in Limerick Life: ‘A campaign of non-violent civil disobedience may be needed here to stop tyre-burning at Irish Cement.’
24 February – Public Health Policy expert, Professor Anthony Staines addresses a meeting organised by LAP at St Paul’s school. He draws attention to the ‘appalling’ record of Irish Cement and the lack of HSE data that would be necessary to produce an accurate health risk register. The meeting is attended by Deputies Willie O’Dea and Maurice Quinlivan, Senator Kieran O’Donnell and several city councillors.
28 February – Senator Maria Byrne asks a question in the Seanad: ‘There is a fear factor in regard to air quality, in particular as there are quite a few farmers in the area and very strong odours from the cement factory have been experienced in the past. Given this fear factor, more than 1,000 submissions went to the EPA, with a similar number having been made against the planning application. It is an issue that is very much to the forefront of people’s minds in the Mungret, Raheen and Dooradoyle areas, and it affects roughly 30,000 people living in the vicinity.’
7 March – Deputy Willie O’Dea T.D. asks a question in the Dail highlighting the concerns of the 20,000 residents living in the immediate vicinity of the cement works. Richard Bruton T.D., a former chief accountant with CRH, answers on behalf of the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten.
8 March – Senator Kieran O’Donnell asks a question in the Seanad, this time Minister Naughten responds.
8 March – Despite the opposition of 90% of the elected Limerick City and County to CRH/ICL’s plans, the chief executive of LCCC, Conn Murray grants conditional planning permission to CRH/Irish Cement. The announcement is made 48 hours before LAP’s first protest through the city. The timing is clearly intended to unsettle LAP’s plans to build a groundswell of bottom up support.