Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (342)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

342. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the period of time he considers reasonable for his officials to commence and conclude an investigation with follow-up actions if necessary into alleged breaches of environmental legislation. [53358/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department conducts investigations under the Environmental Impact Assessment regulations (SI 456/2011) as required and each case is considered fully by my officials before a determination is made on the investigation in question.   

The Deputy will appreciate therefore that the length of each such investigation will depend on the nature of the alleged breaches but I am happy that my officials endeavour at all times to bring each case to a timely conclusion.