Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
National Parks and Wildlife Service
344. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if discussions have taken place between Galway County Council and the NPWS in relation to the method statements that are required to be agreed with the NPWS as part of the planning conditions for the upgrade of the N59 road from Oughterard to Bunakill; the progress made in agreeing method statements to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44392/20]
Senior regional management staff of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department have been in ongoing contact with Galway County Council in relation to this project. A method statement prepared by Galway County Council which outlines the methodology and environmental mitigation for the installation of 10km of fencing works along the N59 (Bunnakill to Oughterard) as part of the overall N59 Maam Cross-Oughterard Project, was approved in October 2019. It is understood that fencing works have recently commenced. No other method statements are under discussion or are being considered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service presently for the Bunnakill to Oughterard section of the N59.