Timing, eh?

Something for the Green Party to think about as they sign up to government with Fianna Fáil and the PDs.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Ireland is in breach of EU regulations protecting water quality and has failed to implement pollution-reduction measures in designated shellfish sites around the country. In a ruling published today, the court found that Ireland has failed to fulfil its obligations under the 1979 European Shellfish Directive, under which EU states are required to introduce laws protecting areas where shellfish grow.

Adds As the RTÉ report points out

This is the third environmental case Ireland has lost before the European court this year.