Written answers

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Disease Management

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent)
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362. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if awareness signs on the dangers of Lyme disease are in place in all national parks across the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1677/21]

Malcolm Noonan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Green Party)
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The issue of Lyme disease is not one confined or specific to the National Parks. Ticks are widespread throughout the countryside and in areas of rough vegetation and forestry. They are not at all confined to National Parks, Nature Reserves or State lands. Ticks can be found on a variety of domesticated and wild animals including sheep, goats, horses, cattle, dogs, deer, rodents and various wild mammal species.

Information on Lyme Disease is on all our NPWS websites.

The issue of warning notices is a matter for the HSE/Local authorities to consider. Any such signs would need to be countywide as opposed to specifically located in particular National Parks or Nature Reserves. This is not an issue which is localised to National Parks or state lands. It is an issue throughout the countryside. The National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department is willing to engage with the Local Authorities on any county-wide initiatives they (or the HSE) wish to propose.

Information on Lyme Disease is available from the HSE and, their booklet: www.hpsc.ie/a-/vectorborne/lymedisease/informationforthepublic/Lyme%20DL%20April2017%20-%20D2.pdf contains useful information in this regard. Annually, as part of the HSE’s National Lyme Awareness Day, the Department circulates links to HSE information on Lyme disease to all Departmental staff.

Comments

Ann Maher
Posted on 30 Jan 2021 9:25 pm (Report this comment)

Thank you Deputy Connelly for asking this question for Many of Us Lyme disease Patients around the country.

In Reply to Minister Noonan, Putting Awareness/Information notices at the entrance to Our Natioal Parks would be a huge help to Irish and foreign visitors.

A good example ,is what Kerry County Council have done at their National Park.!!www.killarneytoday.com › beware-of-ticks-warning.

We really have to make a Proper start ,especially as we have so many People exercising in the great outdoors during this Pandemic.Not everyone Checks the HPSC website before going for a walk. Ann Maher.Kilkenny

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