Ireland has been comprehensively condemned by the European court of justice over a failure to protect wild bird populations. In one of the longest judgments delivered on environment policy in recent years, the court upheld European commission complaints of multiple breaches of the EU's 1979 wild birds directive. " Major work must now be done to Irish legislation and substantial areas of the countryside must be properly protected," campaign group Friends of the Irish environment said. See judgment in case C-418/04. See also Friends of the Irish environment.
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