Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (686)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

686. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the potential impact on the bottlenose dolphin as a consequence of the development of the Shannon LNG project has been evaluated; the measures which will be taken to mitigate against potential impacts on the species; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5571/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

As set out in the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011, Appropriate Assessment of the potential impacts of a proposed development is a matter for the planning authorities, which fall under the remit of the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.

At the time of the planning application, my Department provided advice on the potential wildlife impacts of the development, including in relation to the bottle-nosed dolphin. The view of my Department are a matter of public record. It is not, however, a planning authority.