Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (558, 559, 560)

Shane Cassells

Question:

558. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if specific appropriate assessment, AA, screening as set out under Article 6 of the habitats directive appropriate assessment screening report has been carried out in relation to a project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27825/19]

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Shane Cassells

Question:

559. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the consultation which took place on a project (details supplied); and the reason the project was exempt from planning. [27826/19]

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Shane Cassells

Question:

560. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if items (details supplied) are the one project or two separate projects that do not overlap; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27827/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 558 to 560, inclusive, together.

The projects referred to by the Deputy are administered by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI).

I am advised by IFI that project SCF-17-0038 refers to in-stream works near Carnaross Bridge on the Kells Blackwater, a tributary of the River Boyne. A screening for appropriate assessment for the works contained in the project was carried out in 2016.

IFI have also confirmed that projects C1551 and SCF-17-0006 are two separate projects. Both are projects on the Owenmore River in Altnabrocky in Co. Mayo. Project C1551 was completed in 2016. Following this, the developers sought funding to carry out a separate project to enhance the spawning opportunities for Salmon in the Owenmore River. SCF-17-0006 was approved for funding and the works were completed in 2018.

For clarification, the reference number of the Ray River project, located in Falcarragh, Co. Donegal is NSADF-017-0141. IFI consulted with Donegal County Council, the Planning Authority in the relevant area, on this project. The Planning Authority certified that the project did not require planning permission. The reason for this certification is a matter for the Planning Authority and neither I nor IFI have any function in the matter.

In view of the number of questions tabled recently by the Deputy in relation to IFI funding schemes, I would be happy to ask IFI to fully brief him on these matters.