Written answers

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Heritage Council

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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109. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the taskforce established by the Heritage Council to consider the future of the National Biodiversity Data Centre will include public submissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26681/21]

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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110. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will consider underpinning the work of and data held by the National Biodiversity Data Centre in legislation. [26682/21]

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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115. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he received a copy of the Heritage Council review undertaken in 2019 to review the governance, operating and financial models underpinning the National Biodiversity Data Centre; if he will provide a copy of the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26687/21]

Photo of Malcolm NoonanMalcolm Noonan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Green Party)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 109, 110 and 115 together.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) is a programme established by the Heritage Council in 2006 and operated under a contract between the Council and a private company subsidiary of a UK entity. Arrangements have been put in place by all bodies under the aegis of my Department, including the Heritage Council, to facilitate the provision of information directly to members of the Oireachtas. This provides a speedy, efficient and cost effective system to address queries directly to the relevant bodies. The contact email address for the Heritage Council is oireachtas@heritagecouncil.ie.

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