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Inland Fisheries Ireland

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 11 June 2019

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (765)

Shane Cassells


765. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the 16 instream and enhancement project contracts signed in 2017 under the National Strategy for Angling Development 2015-2020 had demonstrated consultation with the relevant local authorities regarding these projects; if so, the details of the consultations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23630/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

There were 22 enhancement projects approved by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in the 2017 round of funding under the National Strategy for Angling Development. As the deputy will appreciate, due to the conservation imperative, there is often a narrow annual window of opportunity to undertake instream works and projects are likely to be delivered over a 2-3 year timeframe.

Six of these projects have been completed and funding drawn down. A further 11 have agreed funding status and are at various stages of delivery as a result of the project promoters progressing compliance with all required statutory and other consents which are a feature of publically funded grant schemes.

This includes consultation on potential planning requirements with the relevant Local Authority and a planning application where required, consultation with other statutory bodies, environmental assessments (particularly in Special Areas of Conservation) and landowner consents.

The table at the link sets of the status of each of the projects.

Enhancement Projects