Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Ceisteanna (348)

Eoin Ó Broin

Ceist:

348. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the EU formal complaint regarding the Annex I habitat in Killarney National Park and the presence of rhododendron ponticum; the steps taken to rectify the issues raised in the formal complaint; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15222/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

An environmental NGO made a complaint to the European Commission in 2017. The Commission made the Department aware of the complaint in July 2018. The Department replied to the Commission in respect of the contents of the complaint in August 2018 and an acknowledgment was received.

In June 2019 on foot of further correspondence from the NGO, the Commission contacted the Department asking for comments thereon. The Department responded to the Commission on the 5th July 2019. The contents were acknowledged and no further correspondence has been received by the Department from the Commission in respect of the matter.