628. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if both the interim report and the final report of the State-wide derogations review will be published; if public statements that explain and justify all aspects of each derogation granted will be issued by her Department; if derogations are not State-wide, if the zoning approach used will be explained (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17937/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Wildlife Protection)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 626 to 628, inclusive, together.
The EU Birds Directive allows Member States to make derogations from its protective measures in respect of certain wild bird species in certain circumstances – for example, where they are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna or represent a threat to public health or safety or to air safety.  The Declarations to implement these derogations are renewe...