Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (313)

Mick Barry

Ceist:

313. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the way in which is it possible for an unregistered dog breeding enterprise (details supplied) to operate without planning permission unimpeded by either his Department or the local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5286/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

Under the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010, dog breeding establishments are required to register with the relevant local authority.

I have no function in relation to the registration of individual establishments, as this is a matter for local authorities. However, enquiries have been made regarding the enterprise referenced in the Deputy’s question. The relevant local authority has indicated that while the enterprise is a commercial website for the online sale of dogs, the associated premises is registered with the local authority as a dog breeding establishment.

Planning permission is a matter for the relevant planning authority or An Bord Pleanála and I have no function in this matter.