The Irish Pillar are hosting two free workshops on our rights to protect our environment - which covers anything from planning permission to the felling of trees. 

Your rights explained - Public workshops on the Aarhus Convention in Dublin, Galway and surrounding counties.
  • You have a right to information about anything that affects your environment
  • You have a right to participate in decisions affecting your environment and
  • You have a right to justice if the first two rights are denied.
These are known as 'access' rights and they are guaranteed by the Aarhus Convention which Ireland ratified last year.  They are also enshrined in EU law.
The 'Aarhus Roadshow' is a series of public workshops to inform the public of these rights and to discuss how they might be better accessed and implemented. The Roadshow is organised by the Environmental Pillar with support from the Communicating Europe Initiative.
The next public workshop will be held on Saturday, November 30th, from 10.30am to 4.30pm in the Menlo Park Hotel on the Headford road, Galway.
On December 7th the final workshop will be held in the Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin from 10am to 4pm. 
The format will involve inputs from environmental lawyers and activists with expertise in this area initiating discussion groups on the three pillars of the Convention - information, participation and justice.
A detailed case study will also be presented and a demonstration given of a website which enables the ordinary citizen to access information on the environment.
To book a place or for further information please email There is no charge for this event.
The 'Aarhus Roadshow' is supported by the Department of the Taoiseach's Communicating Europe Initiative as part of the EU Commission's Year of Citizens.  The roadshow is brought to you by the Environmental Pillar.