Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (425)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

425. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when it is expected that the review of the nitrates action plan will be concluded; if consideration will be given to the recent problems associated with weather and difficulties that farmers have encountered as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9938/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

A review of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme will be carried out this year. I will work closely with my colleague the nister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in conducting this review, which will be informed by expert views and developments in environmental and agricultural research. In addition, the review will be subject to full public consultation in which all interested stakeholders can participate. Careful consideration will be given to all submissions received.

Public consultation for the review of the Programme will commence in the second quarter of 2013 with a view to concluding the process by the end of the year.