Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (499)

John Lahart


499. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason stakeholders require planning permission to repair habitat that has been damaged by OPW arterial drainage, that is, damaged without planning permission further to flood relief; and the reason Inland Fisheries Ireland is not using its own exemptions for planning permission to carry out instream repair and enhancement. [21825/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Matters relating to the planning acts are a matter for the relevant local authority. Exemptions potentially available to Inland Fisheries Ireland under the under the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (Statutory Instrument 600 of 2001) are very narrowly constrained and are also a matter for the relevant local authority. My Department has no function in that regard or in the making of determinations under same.