Planning Issues

Ceisteanna (287)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

287. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the details of the development application tracking system utilised by the NPWS for the purpose of assessing development applications on lands designated as special areas of conservation; the procedures to be followed with respect to the usage of the system; if the system and rules governing its usage are employed and implemented universally across all NPWS areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51439/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

In accordance with regulations under the Planning and Development Act, 2000 as amended, planning applications lodged with planning authorities that have the potential to impact on built, archaeological, or natural heritage must be referred to the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Minister is one of a number of such statutory consultees also known as prescribed bodies.

In any such capacity, the Minister may make submissions or observations to assist the responsible authority in carrying out its functions, including consent functions, in compliance with various legislative and administrative requirements with respect to the conservation, protection and preservation of natural and built heritage.

My Department uses an internal IT system called the Development Application Tracking System to track development applications referred to my Department by the various authorities which may have an impact on the built and natural environment. The system is used to manage and co-ordinate observations and submissions on development applications made by the relevant professional streams within the built and natural heritage areas of my Department and to monitor and record any responses made to the planning and consent authorities.

Nominated users are granted authorisation to access the Development Applications Tracking System by the administrators within the Department and are trained in its use. The Development Applications Tracking System is an automated work flow system which replicates the planning process and streamlines business processes for optimal efficiency. It allows the Department to manage and monitor users and usage of the system. Depending on the type of development referred to the Department there is a workflow or routing set up within the system to manage the application through the internal review process. Users of the system are restricted to following that workflow process.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Data

Ceisteanna (288)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

288. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of firearms owned by the National Parks and Wildlife Service by each of the organisation's eight regions and if each such weapon is registered to the NPWS, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51440/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

As the Deputy will appreciate, given the particular security considerations attached to firearms, the Department does not publish any details concerning the number of firearms held or their locations. Holding of firearms within the NPWS is in accordance with current Garda requirements.

Firearms and Ammunition Security

Ceisteanna (289)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

289. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the 2017 audit of sensitive assets including firearms and ammunition report identified loss of weaponry and-or ammunition from armouries; if so, the number which were unaccounted for as identified by the report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51441/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

As the Deputy will appreciate, given the particular security considerations attached to firearms, the Department does not publish any details concerning the number of firearms held or their location.

In 2017, my Department combined an audit of sensitive assets with a review of the Department’s management procedures in respect of both firearms and ammunition. I am advised that no losses of weapons or ammunition were identified in that process.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Staff

Ceisteanna (290)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

290. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of conservation rangers employed by the NPWS at Glenveagh National Park for each of the years 2012 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51442/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

The following table sets out the number of Conservation Rangers employed by the NPWS in the Northern Region from 2012 to date.

Year

Number of Conservation Rangers

2012

11

2013

10

2014

9

2015

9

2016

10

2017

8

2018

7

National Parks and Wildlife Service Data

Ceisteanna (291)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

291. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of conservation rangers employed by the NPWS at Glenveagh National Park who are licensed to cull deer; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51443/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

I am advised that there are four staff in the Northern Region that are licenced to hunt deer on NPWS lands in Donegal which includes Glenveagh National Park.

Deer Culls

Ceisteanna (292)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

292. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of deer culled at Glenveagh National Park in each of the years 2016 to 2017 and to date in 2018 in tabular form; the persons responsible for the culling; if the killing was authorised or unauthorised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51444/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

No significant organised deer cull has taken place in Glenveagh National Park in the years 2016/2017 or 2018 to date.

A small number have been culled between the time period 2016-2018 when deer were found to be causing major damage to the Castle gardens or Bridge House area.

Trained, experienced and dedicated NPWS staff carried out those culls in a professional manner and carcasses were disposed of appropriately. The culling was authorised.

National Parks

Ceisteanna (293)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

293. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the deer population at Glenveagh National Park in each of the years 2016 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51445/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

A scientific survey of deer numbers was carried out in Glenveagh National Park in 2017. The area of the national Park is approximately 39,000 acres. There was a maximum population estimate of 429 Red deer within the fenced area of 19,000 acres approx.

No scientific counts were carried out in 2016 or 2018 to date but it is assumed numbers are very close to the 2017 estimates.

National Parks

Ceisteanna (294)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

294. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of incidences of poaching at Glenveagh National Park reported to An Garda Síochána in each of the years 2016 to 2017 and to date in 2018; the details of the incident; the number and types of animal involved in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51446/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

The information is in the table.

Year

Incidences

Details

2018

1

This case is active and being dealt with by An Garda Síochána accordingly no further details can be given

2017

Nil

2016

Nil