Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Preserving Ireland's Natural Heritage: Discussion
I welcome all the witnesses. I heard only a part of Mr. Lumley's contribution, but I will dwell solely on that because I certainly know what he and his organisation are about. I know the hurt and damage they have caused to people in rural Ireland over the years. They have prevented people getting planning permission. I can name two families that do not have a son or daughter living beside them, the Sweeneys and the Twomeys in Beaufort.
We invited our guests in on a particular topic. I understand Deputy Healy-Rae has a wide range of issues he wants to address. I want to be as flexible as I can to ensure he gets a chance to represent the constituents he wants to represent. These individuals were brought in to discuss the issue of heritage. The exact topic is the issue of preserving Ireland's natural heritage, fauna, flora and unique habitat, so perhaps we could focus on that.