Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (512)

Seán Haughey

Ceist:

512. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the way in which he plans to respond to the imposition of a €5 million fine on Ireland by the European Court of Justice in respect of a wind farm in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48795/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

In the judgment delivered on 12 November 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union in case C-261/18 (the Derrybrien Wind farm case) ruled against Ireland and imposed the lump sum fine of €5m referred to in the question.

While detailed payment instructions are awaited from the EU Commission, the lump sum fine of €5m will likely be payable before end 2019. It is understood the Commission will be in contact with Ireland over the coming weeks regarding the payment procedures involved for the lump sum fine and the separate daily fines.