NPWS to engage with local stakeholders - SPA, Shannon Estuary - BREEN.

June 23rd, 2011 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade and Clare T. D. Pat Breen has welcomed the assurances given by the National Parks & Wildlife Service at last night’s Meeting with the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan T.D. and the Region’s Public Representatives that they will engage fully with the four local authorities regarding the proposed designation of the Shannon Estuary as an Special Protection Area.

Deputy Breen had secured this Meeting with Minister Deenihan following concerns raised by Oireachtas Members in Clare, Limerick & Kerry regarding the designation of the River Shannon and Fergus Estuaries as a SPA and the implications which this could have for the future development of the Estuary.

“Firstly, I would like to thank Minister Deenihan, for facilitating this Meeting at short notice. The intention to designate the River Shannon and River Fergus Estuaries as an SPA has arisen as a result of the EU Directive No. 2009/147/EC which requires Member States to protect birds at their breeding, feeding, roosting and wintering areas. While we all recognise the need to protect our environment, in my view, it was very important that all four local authorities would have an input in the process.”

“At last nights Meeting the NPWS assured us that they would engage with our four local authorities in preparing an interim management plan. They will be consulting widely, holding public meetings and facilitating meetings with concerned individuals if necessary.”

“They assured us tha authorities regarding the proposed designation of the Shannon Estuary as an Special Protection Area.

Deputy Breen had secured this Meeting with Minister Deenihan following concerns raised by Oireachtas Members in Clare, Limerick & Kerry regarding the designation of the River Shannon and Fergus Estuaries as a SPA and the implications which this could have for the future development of the Estuary.

“Firstly, I would like to thank Minister Deenihan, for facilitating this Meeting at short notice. The intention to designate the River Shannon and River Fergus Estuaries as an SPA has arisen as a result of the EU Directive No. 2009/147/EC which requires Member States to protect birds at their breeding, feeding, roosting and wintering areas. While we all recognise the need to protect our environment, in my view, it was very important that all four local authorities would have an input in the process.”

“At last nights Meeting the NPWS assured us that they would engage with our four local authorities in preparing an interim management plan. They will be consulting widely, holding public meetings and facilitating meetings with concerned individuals if necessary.”

“They assured us that this Plan to designate the Estuary an SPA will not involve further red tape and that it will not sterilise the future development of the Estuary. g with Minister Deenihan following concerns raised by Oireachtas Members in Clare, Limerick & Kerry regarding the designation of the River Shannon and Fergus Estuaries as a SPA and the implications which this could have for the future development of the Estuary.

“Firstly, I would like to thank Minister Deenihan, for facilitating this Meeting at short notice. The intention to designate the River Shannon and River Fergus Estuar