Written answers

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

International Agreements

9:00 pm

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Independent)
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Question 128: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when he will be in a position to ratify the Aarhus Convention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23220/12]

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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Prior to ratification of the Aarhus Convention, it has been necessary to ensure that Ireland has implemented its provisions in national law, a task which has been ongoing for some time. The Attorney General has confirmed that all provisions are in place and the necessary administrative work is now underway to ratify the Convention. Ratification of the Aarhus Convention is a high priority and my Department is working closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with a view to finalising this process as soon as possible.

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