Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Seán Kyne (Galway West, Fine Gael)
Question 383: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if all commonage framework plans are to be reviewed in 2012 and subsequent years in view of the age of existing plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8407/12]
Jimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael)
Staff in the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department are currently co-ordinating a review of the stocking restrictions in all commonage plans prepared to date. This is a joint exercise funded by my Department and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The carrying capacity of all commonages will be expressed at Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) level and will prescribe the sustainable carrying capacity in ewe equivalents per hectare. This will reflect any recovery delivered since the original commonage plans were prepared. It is expected that the review will be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2012.