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Environmental Protection Agency Governance

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 8 May 2019

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Ceisteanna (1233)

Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

1233. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will amend the legislation to remove the immunity from civil action provided to the EPA in section 15 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 as was recommended by the Ombudsman in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18940/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I have no plans to amend section 15 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 either in response to the 2011 recommendation from the Environmental Protection Agency Review Group or otherwise. Any proposal in this regard would need to consider the potential implications for the effective discharge by the Agency of its statutory functions and the potential impact of such a precedent on the effective operation of other State bodies.

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