Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Special Areas of Conservation Management
1257. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the discussions she has had with the landowner and the various stakeholders regarding a management plan for SPA and SAC the Gearagh, County Cork; the status of the plan; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3603/20]
At the request of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, my Department's National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) completed and published detailed site-specific conservation objectives for the Gearagh SAC (000108) in September 2016.
A management plan scoping exercise was undertaken by ESB International on behalf of the ESB (who are the main landowner) in 2016/2017. The NPWS took part in the stakeholder group that contributed to the report produced as a result of that exercise.