Environmental legislation in Ireland is principally administered and enforced in three ways:
(i) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
(ii) by local authorities throughout Ireland and
(iii) by the courts.
The Minister for the Communications, Climate Action & Environment has an important policy setting role and the Health & Safety Authority is responsible for the enforcement of occupational health and safety law.
Many activities need both planning permission and an environmental permit. These regimes are separate. Planning permission deals with the entitlement to construct infrastructure and use it for a particular purpose, but does not typically deal with operational requirements. Set out below are some examples of the types of licenses or permits that are relevant to data centres.
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