Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ceisteanna (236)

Tom Neville

Ceist:

236. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the possibility of purchasing available lands (details supplied) adjoining Killarney National Park in County Kerry will be investigated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10218/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

My Department is aware of the land available for sale adjoining Killarney National Park. Through the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht manages a property portfolio in respect of national parks and reserves of approximately 87,000 hectares. These important biodiversity areas are located all around the country. Given the limited  resources available for capital investment within the National Parks and Nature Reserves, I recognise the need to focus on the core responsibilities relating to the management of the existing Parks and Reserves lands. The Department has no plans at this time to purchase the lands in question.