352. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her views on the recommendations of the report of a group (details supplied). (Question 32998/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - National Monuments)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 352 and 353 together. 
I refer to my replies to Questions Nos. 307, 308, 322, 323, 324 and 325 on 27 June 2017 and to previous Dáil Questions in which I have welcomed the report of the Moore Street Consultative Group and the consensus-based approach it recommends to finding an optimal solution to the future of Moore Street that appeals to all stakeholders. 
The structur...

353. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 307 of 27 June 2017, the basis on which she decided that some groups and political representatives should be included while three campaign groups were excluded. (Question 32999/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - National Monuments)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 352 and 353 together. 
I refer to my replies to Questions Nos. 307, 308, 322, 323, 324 and 325 on 27 June 2017 and to previous Dáil Questions in which I have welcomed the report of the Moore Street Consultative Group and the consensus-based approach it recommends to finding an optimal solution to the future of Moore Street that appeals to all stakeholders. 
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317. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 975 of 20 June 2017, the authority under which the review referred to is being instituted; the level of funding that will be required for the review; the Department or body’s budget from which it will come; the organisations which will be consulted and-or have a direct say in the review; when the review will be completed and its recommendations acted upon and implemented; the person or body to which the review group will report; and the person or body that has the authority to make recommendations and decisions arising from the review. (Question 31325/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - EU Directives)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): In my reply to Questions No 975 and 976 of 20 June, I indicated that a major review of the derogations is scheduled for 2018, and this will take account of all relevant factors, including perceived threats, distribution and population data available on various bird species. The review will include a public/stakeholder consultation element and all interested parties will be afforded the opportunity to ...

307. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her views on the recommendations of the report from the Moore Street consultation group; and the recommendations she accepts and rejects, respectively. (Question 29577/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - National Monuments)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 307, 308, 322 to 325, inclusive, together.
I refer the Deputy to the replies to Questions Nos. 60 and 64 on 20 June 2017
I am grateful to all campaign groups that have contributed to the discussions on the future of Moore Street. I am advised that all three groups referred to by the Deputies were invited to make submissions that were taken subsequently into account by ...

308. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the reason for excluding some campaigning groups (details supplied) from the Moore Street consultative and advisory groups. (Question 29578/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - National Monuments)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 307, 308, 322 to 325, inclusive, together.
I refer the Deputy to the replies to Questions Nos. 60 and 64 on 20 June 2017
I am grateful to all campaign groups that have contributed to the discussions on the future of Moore Street. I am advised that all three groups referred to by the Deputies were invited to make submissions that were taken subsequently into account by ...

309. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the legal costs to date in 2017 regarding the demolition of the Moore Street historical site; the estimated cost if it is heard in the appeal court and in the Supreme Court; and the Department that will incur those costs. (Question 29579/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Departmental Legal Costs)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 309 and 326 together.
The cost of the legal proceedings, and any award of related liabilities, will only be determined when the ongoing appeals against the High Court judgments have been finally concluded. Accordingly, any discussion of costs, and on whom they might be levied, would be entirely premature and speculative at this stage.   
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310. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the financial support given by the State in the form of grants to property developers in Moore Street. (Question 29580/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - National Monuments)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 310 and 327 together. 
No such grants have been made by my Department. 
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83. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of times NPWS officials attended at hare coursing meetings in the 2016/2017 coursing season; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27349/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Officials of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department monitored seventeen hare coursing meeting during the 2016/17 coursing season. It is intended that these reports along with the Irish Coursing Club reports which range over 70 coursing meetings will be published on the NPWS website over the coming weeks.
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110. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if the attention of NPWS officials has been drawn to suspected cases of badger baiting in the past 12 months; if so, the details of those cases; and the outcome of investigations. (Question 27348/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys)(Deputy Heather Humphreys): Officials of my Department monitor compliance with the Wildlife Acts across the country on an on-going basis and carry out patrols and site visits to enforce the various provisions of these Acts, as required. Many of these officers carry out work in more than one county. They also investigate reports of breaches of the Acts including illegal snaring or “digging out” of badger...

975. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to the derogation categories under the EU birds directive and the relevant national legislation, if a major review referred to by her in Seanad Éireann on 9 March 2017 of all aspects of the derogations including an examination of circumstances for which their use is both required and necessary is scheduled to occur during 2018; and the timeline for the scope, terms of reference and resources for this review (Question 28074/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - EU Directives)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 975 and 976 together. 
The Birds Directive is implemented in Ireland under the Wildlife Acts and the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011. Under the terms of the Directive, all Member States of the EU are bound to take measures to protect all wild birds and their habitats. Under Article 9(a) Member States may derogate in the interests of p...

976. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if comparable circumstances including policy, compliance and operational matters in the UK, other EU member states and internationally with similar demographics and geography will be researched, studied and taken into account in the review of the derogations under the EU birds directive scheduled for 2018. (Question 28075/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - EU Directives)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 975 and 976 together. 
The Birds Directive is implemented in Ireland under the Wildlife Acts and the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011. Under the terms of the Directive, all Member States of the EU are bound to take measures to protect all wild birds and their habitats. Under Article 9(a) Member States may derogate in the interests of p...

331. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 760 of 2 May 2017 and 342 of 9 May 2017, the timeline for the conclusion of the discussions between the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Irish Rail to allow the council to submit its environmental impact statement to An Bord Pleanála regarding the development of the Broadmeadows cycle and pedestrian way between Donabate and Malahide (details supplied). (Question 23103/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Cycling Facilities Provision)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As indicated in my reply to Question Number 342 of 9 May 2016, as it is unclear to my Department what discussions are being referred to, I asked my officials to contact the Deputy directly on this matter. My Department has since been in contact with the Deputy’s office and explained that there are no ongoing or pending discussions between the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department and Ir...

342. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 760 of 2 May 2017, the timeline for the conclusion of the discussions to allow the council to submit its EIS statement to An Bord Pleanála (details supplied). (Question 22016/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Cycling Facilities Provision)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As it is unclear to my Department as to what exactly has been referred to, I have asked my officials to contact the Deputy directly on this matter. 
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72. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of National Parks and Wildlife Service officers currently monitoring the illegal snaring of badgers around the country. (Question 20372/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service Staff)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Of the total Departmental staff, 330 work in the area of natural heritage through the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of my Department.  In addition, my Department will take on 69 seasonal staff during the year to assist the NPWS. Frontline conservation Rangers are deployed through a regional structure and assignments are determined in light of Departmental business needs and priorities.  St...

81. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the deadline for the publication of all the reports of hare capture and hare returns for all hare coursing meetings for the 2016 and 2017 season. (Question 20371/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The current 2016/17 coursing season finished at the end of February. It is intended to publish the various reports for the 2016/17 season compiled by the National Parks and Wildlife Service staff of my Department and the Irish Coursing Club on the NPWS website. It is expected that there will be some 200 separate reports - including NPWS ranger reports, ICC Reports, ICC Veterinary Reports - ranging over...

760. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the discussions between the NPWS and Iarnroid Éireann which need to be concluded in order to allow the council to submit an EIS and Natura impact statement, which have been prepared, to An Bord Pleanála to deliver on the long outstanding objective to deliver a cycle and pedestrian way from Donabate to Malahide. (Question 20652/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Cycling Facilities Provision)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The progression of any proposals in relation to the development of such a pedestrian and cycle route is a matter for consideration, in the first instance, by Irish Rail and Fingal County Council.
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304. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 648 of 21 March 2017, the powers to be given to authorised officers of Waterways Ireland; and the authority by which the said officers are regulated. (Question 15153/17 asked on 28 Mar 2017 - Waterways Ireland Remit)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Heritage Bill 2016 includes provisions to amend the Canals Act 1986. The amendments to the Canals Act 1986 are primarily enabling provisions to allow for the making of bye-laws to regulate boating on the canals and to manage the use of the canals.
The 1988 Canal Bye-Laws have been in force for almost 30 years and need to be revised to reflect changes in the use of the canals over the intervening y...

647. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when the NPWS will make available the conservation rangers’ reports, vet reports and hare capture reports for the 2016-17 hare coursing season. (Question 12877/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The current 2016/17 coursing season finished at the end of February. It is intended to publish the various reports for the 2016/17 season compiled by the National Parks and Wildlife Service staff of my Department and the Irish Coursing Club on the NPWS website. There will be some 200 separate reports - including NPWS ranger reports, ICC Reports, ICC Veterinary Reports - ranging over 70 coursing meeting...

648. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if she has considered the implications of increasing powers to Waterways Ireland, as proposed in the Heritage Bill 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12878/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Waterways Ireland Remit)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Heritage Bill 2016 includes provisions to amend the Canals Act 1986. The amendments to the Canals Act 1986 are primarily enabling provisions to allow for the making of bye-laws to regulate boating on the canals and to manage the use of the canals.
The 1988 Canal Bye-Laws have been in force for almost 30 years and need to be revised to reflect changes in the use of the canals over the intervening ye...

377. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the negative impact on the welfare of the bee population, if there is an extension of licences to cut hedgerows into the month of August as proposed in the Heritage Bill 2016; if her Department conducted any study to determine the potential environmental knock-on effects of reducing the bee population due to this measure; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11212/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Hedge Cutting Season)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Regulations that I am proposing to make on the extension of hedge cutting into August will confine the extension to hedges on roads and internal fields on a farm where re-seeding or tillage is occurring. The Regulations will provide for limited managed hedge cutting, under strict criteria, during August to help tackle the impact overgrown hedges can have on road safety. With these restrictions an...

59. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when her Department will make available the conservation rangers reports, veterinary reports and hare capture reports pertaining to the current hare coursing season; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3785/17 asked on 31 Jan 2017 - Hare Coursing)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Michael Ring) (Deputy Michael Ring): It is intended over the next few weeks to publish the various reports compiled by the National Parks and Wildlife Service staff of my Department and the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) on the NPWS website for the 2015/16 season. There are some 200 separate reports - including NPWS ranger reports, ICC Reports, ICC Veterinary Reports - ranging over 70 coursing meetings – and arrangements ...

82. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if her Department has completed the report into the killing of hares at Rathdowney in November 2016; when the report will be made available; if she will confirm that no licence has been given for a rescheduled event or for the capture of more hares (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3786/17 asked on 31 Jan 2017 - Hare Coursing)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Michael Ring): It is my understanding that a copy of the report prepared by my Department in relation to Rathdowney Coursing club was provided to the Deputy in December 2016. The report is also available on my Department’s website – (http://www.ahrrga.gov.ie/news-centre/news-centre-publications/).
The meeting scheduled by the coursing club did not take place, no licence was given for a reschedul...

752. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 220 of 10 November 2016, the reason she did not inform any regulatory authority or the Garda when a report she received, which was sought by her to inform a reply to a parliamentary question regarding unauthorised felling in a Natura 2000 heritage woodland, detailed that a number of oaks between 60 and 80 years old, with some older, which had been protected under a condition inserted in a general felling licence at her Department’s request had been felled, an offence under section 51 of the Forestry Act 1946; and the reason she had and has for not disclosing information which she knew would be of material assistance to the Garda in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction for this offence. (Question 41090/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Forestry Sector)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Deputy Heather Humphreys: As I previously advised the Deputy, the forestry activities referred to have been carried out under license from the Forest Service, which comes under the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. While my Department was consulted by the Forest Service as the woodland concerned is situated adjacent to, and partially within, a Special Area of Conservation, it is a matter f...

753. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if she will ensure that her officers, when performing functions under legislation, discover an offence arising, will provide the Garda without delay with any information which would be of material assistance to the Garda in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction for this offence. (Question 41091/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Departmental Functions)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Deputy Heather Humphreys: Offences under the main nature conservation legislation (Wildlife Acts, Habitats Regulations) may generally be investigated and dealt with by officers of my Department or by An Garda Síochána and/or with both organisations working together. Depending on the circumstances of a case, including the nature of the suspected offence, cases may be investigated and litigation taken by either the Minister or by ...

784. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if she will provide all reports and documentation on all hare coursing meetings that have taken place in 2015 and 2016, specifically the conservation rangers’ reports, veterinary reports, hare capture reports and ICC control stewards’ reports. (Question 1358/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Hare Coursing)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Deputy Heather Humphreys: I have asked my officials to furnish the Deputy with the relevant reports for coursing meetings held during the 2015/16 season compiled by National Parks and Wildlife Service officials of my Department and the Irish Coursing Club. Similar reports for the 2016/17 coursing season will be made available as soon as possible. 
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