Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (690)

Jack Chambers


690. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the data sharing agreements her Department has in place with organisations that are not other Departments or State agencies; the purpose of these data sharing agreements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51423/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

Details of the Data Sharing Agreements my Department has in place with organisations other than Departments or State Agencies are summarised in the following table.

Department Business Unit

Recipients of Data under Sharing Agreement

Type of information

Purpose of Sharing Agreement

National Parks and Wildlife Service

RPS Ireland Ltd

Bog Relocation Sites records (Personal Information of Landowners regarding peatland compensation or purchase schemes, or granting of Activities Requiring Consent (ARCs), restoration and drainage Plans etc.)

To facilitate provision of expert scientific and technical services regarding the conservation, management and restoration of raised bog Special Areas of Conservation and Natural Heritage Areas, as well as planning advice and support regarding the development of non-designated and designated bogs as required.

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Bord na Móna

Bog Relocation Site records, Applications for Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme and Voluntary Bog Purchase Scheme

To assist in the completion of purchases of Bord na Móna owned lands, to provide expertise in the context of the relocation of turf cutters from raised bog Special Areas of Conservation and Natural Heritage Areas, as well as expertise on management of the raised bog network

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

Vascular Plant Records identifying locations of legally protected species as well as other species that indicate important habitats for protection.

To protect legally protected and other species of plants

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Hen Harrier Project*

Hen Harrier Survey data within six Special Protection Areas designated for that species

To facilitate species protection. The hen harrier dataset holds nest locations of breeding birds, which need to be protected from disturbing activities.

National Archives


Personal Information and deposit or donation agreement details of Donors or Depositors of Archives; titles of individual records (files) withheld from public inspection

Hosting of National Archives accessioning and cataloguing information.

*The Hen Harrier Project is an EIP (European Innovation Partnership) Locally Led Scheme funded by the Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as part of Ireland's Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.