Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (420)

John McGuinness


420. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 348 and 364 of 8 October 2019, the status of an application for forest road works by a company (details supplied); the nature of the process for same; if each of the stakeholders has been consulted on the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46249/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

As advised in response to previous Parliamentary Questions, the applicant in this case revised the application to shorten the length of the road. The application has since been reviewed by the District Inspector and, in accordance with internal screening procedures, has been referred to the Department's ecologist for Appropriate Assessment, as per the requirements of the Habitat Directive. Once ecological input is received, my Department will be in contact with the applicant and the registered forester.

Once a decision is made on this case, it will be advertised on my Department's website. If approval is given, construction of the road cannot begin until after 28 days from the date of the decision. This is to allow for any appeals from either the applicant or third parties.