Written answers

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

National Parks

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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179. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if newly married couples are no longer permitted to take wedding pictures in Killarney National Park (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56595/21]

Photo of Malcolm NoonanMalcolm Noonan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Green Party)
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I am pleased to inform the Deputy that there is absolutely no substance to the recent claims that married couples are not permitted to take their photos in Killarney National Park. There has been no change of policy introduced in respect of the treatment of commercial photography in the National Park. Photography by the general public and amateur wildlife photography is permitted within the park. All commercial events, including professional photography, wedding, promotional, fashion etc. is subject to a permit system. This has been the case for quite some time.

A permit has long been required for both insurance and indemnification purposes. It is incumbent upon the professional photographer to apply for a current permit - which is readily and quickly available. It is a very simple process for the professional photographer to complete and permits apply for the year. The staff of my Department will always accommodate photographers and work with them to ensure safety for all at the National Park.


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