WhatsApp Previous articleBrian crosses over to the big screenNext articleMore Job losses as Heiton Buckley shuts down admin Linkedin Advertisement NewsLocal NewsResidents hail ‘landmark’ winBy admin – January 27, 2011 806 Twitter Email Court rules against Ballinacurra bus laneIN what is hailed as “a landmark case,” the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, this Wednesday, found in favour of the residents of Balilnacurra against Limerick City Council’s roll-out of bus lanes on Ballinacurra Road/O’Connell Avenue.The decision could have serious implications for the rest of the country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Following protracted debate, the introduction of bus lanes on Ballinacurra Road and part of O’Connell Avenue was approved by vote, although it was considered that this could be overthrown by the city manager.The residents proceeded to seek a declaration that Limerick City Council was acting unlawfully in not using the Public Consultation Part 8 procedure, as provided for in the Planning and Development Regulations.The Limerick Post was notified of the High Court ruling before going to press on Wednesday and when contacted, the city manager’s office replied:“In the case of the judicial review proceedings brought by Kevin Hoare, Kevin Donnelly and Barry Donnelly against Limerick City Council, heard before Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns on December 14, Mr Justice Kearns upheld the appellants case. The Judge has adjourned the matter to February 2, to hear submissions before finalising the order of the Court.“Limerick City Council has no comment pending review of the judgment and consideration of the final order of the Court”.However, Cllr Pat Kennedy, who had been to the forefront in bringing the objections of the residents to City Hall, said he is very pleased with the outcome.“I have been against the roll out of bus corridors in this area for a number of justifiable reasons. I believe the High Court found for the residents under every heading”.At this week’s meeting of the city council, a notice of motion submitted by Cllr Kennedy, called on City Hall to remove from its City Development Plan, any proposal to provide bus corridors on Ballinacurra Road/O’Connell Avenue. The motion cited six reasons for rejecting the bus corridors from the area, and was signed by all nine of the Fine Gael councillors, including Mayor Maria Byrne.Commenting on the High Court judgment, Cllr Michael Hourigan said the outcome will have “huge implications for Limerick city and the rest of the country.“Up to now the city and county managers could overrule the councillors on issues such as this, but with this High Court ruling, a precedent has been set – this is a landmark case”. Print Facebook
Image provided by HACE.Hydro Air Concept Energy (HACE) commissioned its first wave energy converter with multiple oscillating water columns on August 31 in the Atlantic Port of La Rochelle, located in Biscay Bay in western France.This comes after HACE, the French wave energy technology developer, conducted the first launch of its 50kW prototype to try it out before deployment. Following the first launch, done earlier in August, the prototype – measuring 20 by 18 meters – was rested on the ground for inspection, final adjustments, checks and various finishing touches.Now, the installed wave energy converter will stay at the site to undergo preliminary testing for a time period yet to be specified.HACE states that its device is a viable solution, both in terms of technology and cost-efficiency, as it favors the most permanent possible operation and is sensitive to the lightest, and even disordered, movements of the sea, rather than seeking to achieve high power generation in rare conditions.The system, based on transforming the movement of the swell into electricity, recovers the oscillating movement of water to compress air and pass it through a turbine that generates electricity. According to its developer, the advantages that HACE wave energy converter brings are due to the fine tuning of all sub-assemblies.“We produce electricity almost all the time with a very high load factor, much higher than other renewable energy solutions. In addition, we produce energy when the needs are greatest, as waves are generally higher in the evening and in winter,” said Jean-Luc Stanek, Chairman of HACE’s Board of Directors.“The principle of the oscillating water column had existed for ages. But it has never been exploited as we do. The patented design of our products allows us to capture the energy of a wide spectrum of waves, starting from 50 cm. However, most bodies of water are almost constantly agitated by small waves. This has two decisive consequences for the supply we put on the market: the crushing of fixed costs, and low production intermittency,” Stanek explained.The French wave energy technology developer is supported by Bordeaux Montesquieu Technopole and UNITEC, the main support structure for start-ups in the Bordeaux area and New Aquitaine. From 2018, HACE will also receive support through an innovation grant from the New Aquitaine Region and from the European Union through the Horizon 2020 programme.