I am glad there is movement on that and I am sure that is appreciated by the Deputy. The definition of a national park is concise. It covers areas which exist to conserve natural plant and animal communities in scenic landscapes, which are both extensive and of national importance, and under conditions compatible with that purpose to ensure the public can visit and appreciate them. That work has been done assiduously in the five national parks and I am sure that type of work will be done with the same enthusiasm when the national park is opened in Mayo.
I will check if the information the Deputy requested on endangered species is available, but the management of our national parks is conscious of the need to protect endangered species. Those species that require protection are listed in the Irish Red Databook, the annex to the Habitats Directive, and are scheduled under the Wildlife Act. The Deputy will find all the necessary information in those publications, but he is welcome to contact my Department if he requires further information.