Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (416)

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

416. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to introduce legislation governing the use of crop bangers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51972/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Current legislation in the area of noise does not specifically address the use of bird scarers (also referred to as crow bangers). There are no plans at present to introduce such legislation.  There is provision, however, under sections 107 or 108 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992 to deal with the issue of nuisance noise from a range of sources, including agricultural sources.  My Department has produced an information leaflet, A Guide to the Noise Regulations, on the legal remedies open to a person experiencing nuisance noise.  The guide can be downloaded from the following link:

http://www.dccae.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/noise-pollution/appropriate-action/Pages/default.aspx

The legislation also provides that a Local Authority can take action against a person causing nuisance noise.  A National Protocol for Dealing with Noise Complaints for Local Authorities was developed as a cooperative project between my Department, Local Authorities and the Environmental Protection Agency.  The Protocol provides guidance to Local Authorities, given existing legislation, as to what is considered best practice for dealing with noise complaints. The protocol can be accessed through the following link:

http://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/noise-pollution/typical-noise-pollution/Pages/default.aspx