Environmental Impact Assessment: Doonbeg

April 27, 2008

There is inevitable potential for conflict between the aims of economic development and the aims of environment policy. Over the years, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has evolved to counter criticisms that ERDF programmes and projects failed to take account of environmental concerns. In the 1990s, two large-scale Irish golf projects brought this question […]

Does golf “squander” European Union grant aid?

April 25, 2008

Last year, for the thirteenth consecutive year, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) refused to approve the previous year’s European Union (EU) expenditure. Part of the ECA 2007 report identified golf as a problem area; hence press headlines such as “EU farm aid squandered on golf clubs” (Accountancy Age, 14/11/2007) and comments that “a still […]

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