Written answers

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Special Areas of Conservation

Photo of Noel GrealishNoel Grealish (Galway West, Independent)
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180. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason his Department is supporting the Pike Conservation Bye-Law No. 809 of 2006 and the Coarse Fish Conservation Bye-Law No. 806 of 2006 on the Lough Corrib special area of conservation given that no appropriate assessment screenings were conducted on these two bye-laws in 2006 to assess their potential impact on the conservation objectives of Lough Corrib as required under Article 6 of the EU Habitats Directive and given that prospective legislation for special area of conservation waters must be subjected to the appropriate assessment process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2431/22]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The Bye-laws referred to by the Deputy have been in place for some 16 years. However, to provide for the most robust, modern, comprehensive and sustainable management of these waters, I requested Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) to prepare and submit to me comprehensive draft management plan for a number of Lakes, including Lough Corrib. My Department is currently examining this extensive draft plan and legislative change, if any, may be considered in the context of this plan.    


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