Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (450)

Clare Daly

Question:

450. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he has instructed his Department to ensure that assessments are conducted into the impact of the Grid 25 project on the heritage and wildlife along the planned routes of the project. [51462/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I have no role in commenting on plans other than, under the Planning and Development Act 2000, the development plans and local area plans prepared by planning authorities. Nature conservation comes within the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

If and when the proposed developments referred to in the question become the subject of a planning application or applications under the Planning and Development Act 2000, assessment of the proposed developments under the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive will be carried out where required under the provisions of Part X and Part XAB of the Act, which transpose the provisions of the Directives insofar as the planning consent system is concerned.