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National Parks

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (343)

Jennifer Whitmore

Ceist:

343. Deputy Jennifer Whitmore asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he will provide copies of deer management plans for each of the national parks for 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29716/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department is committed to the active management of deer within  National Parks. As part of its regular ongoing management operations in respect of these state lands, my Department carries out deer surveys and census reports as required or appropriate. Such operational  reports are of course sensitive and their contents could be an incentive for wildlife crime (such as deer poaching).

Officials are currently examining the documents comprehended by the Deputy's request in the context of a Freedom of Information request, and once a decision has been made on their releasable contents, given such operational sensitivities, my officials will send a copy of them to the Deputy also.

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