Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Nitrates Directive, Water Quality and Pollution: Discussion

Dr. Eimear Cotter:

The reason for the statement is that we highlight the issues in the east, the south and the south east of the country in terms of nitrates and that is where we are seeing the largest issue from a nitrates' pollution point of view. There are other issues, which we have talked through, in terms of phosphorous, pesticides and sediment that are experienced across the country. We do not want to leave here with the impression that this is relevant to more intensive farmers. If we look at it solely from a nitrates' perspective, in terms of solving the problem, this is something that must be looked at across the board by all farmers.