20. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of progress on items included in the work programme of the Curragh forum for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20382/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 29 together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the Curragh Forum was established to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to consider and progress a wide range of issues regarding the use and management of the Curragh Plains.
The most recent meeting of the Forum took place in January 2018. It was attended by representatives of the Department of Defence, the Defence Forces, An Garda Síochá...

29. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the establishment of a new lands management team for the Curragh Plains to be put in place for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20383/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 29 together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the Curragh Forum was established to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to consider and progress a wide range of issues regarding the use and management of the Curragh Plains.
The most recent meeting of the Forum took place in January 2018. It was attended by representatives of the Department of Defence, the Defence Forces, An Garda Síochá...

125. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the significant challenges facing the conservation of the Curragh, County Kildare; the measures he is undertaking to help preserve the Curragh; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4474/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I am very aware of the challenges facing the conservation of the Curragh. To this end, my Department established the Curragh Forum, to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to consider and progress a wide range of issues regarding the use and management of the Curragh Plains.
The most recent meeting of the Forum took place on Friday 12 January 2018 where the issues discussed included legislation, traffic, signage and parki...

45. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will provide an update on the most recent meeting of the Curragh Forum; the areas addressed and actions taken arising from the meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3253/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As the Deputy will be aware, the Curragh Forum was established to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to consider and progress a wide range of issues regarding the use and management of the Curragh Plains.
The most recent meeting of the Forum took place on Friday 12 January 2018. It was attended by representatives of the Department of Defence, the Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána, Kildare County Council, Curragh Racecou...

1745. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the actions being taken to prevent illegal dumping on the Curragh Plains; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36019/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1745, 1746, 1749, 1750 and 1752 together.
There are a wide range of challenges and issues to be addressed when dealing with the Curragh. As the Deputies will appreciate, the Curragh being approximately 4,870 acres in area is one of the most open and accessible areas in the country. 
At the most recent meeting of the Curragh Forum several actions were agreed to assist in addressing a number of the...

1746. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when the operation of clearing the Curragh Plains of nettles and thistles will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36020/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1745, 1746, 1749, 1750 and 1752 together.
There are a wide range of challenges and issues to be addressed when dealing with the Curragh. As the Deputies will appreciate, the Curragh being approximately 4,870 acres in area is one of the most open and accessible areas in the country. 
At the most recent meeting of the Curragh Forum several actions were agreed to assist in addressing a number of the...

1749. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the actions the Curragh forum have taken to deal with illegal dumping on the Curragh Plains; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36141/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1745, 1746, 1749, 1750 and 1752 together.
There are a wide range of challenges and issues to be addressed when dealing with the Curragh. As the Deputies will appreciate, the Curragh being approximately 4,870 acres in area is one of the most open and accessible areas in the country. 
At the most recent meeting of the Curragh Forum several actions were agreed to assist in addressing a number of the...

1750. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the actions that have been taken by the Curragh forum to deal with illegal camping on the Curragh Plains; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36142/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1745, 1746, 1749, 1750 and 1752 together.
There are a wide range of challenges and issues to be addressed when dealing with the Curragh. As the Deputies will appreciate, the Curragh being approximately 4,870 acres in area is one of the most open and accessible areas in the country. 
At the most recent meeting of the Curragh Forum several actions were agreed to assist in addressing a number of the...

1752. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the action his Department can take and has taken in 2017 to deal with incidents of illegal dumping and illegal camping on the Curragh Plains which is causing concerns for local persons and users of the plains; his views on whether these actions are sufficient to deal with the incidents; his further views on whether additional resources or powers are required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36506/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1745, 1746, 1749, 1750 and 1752 together.
There are a wide range of challenges and issues to be addressed when dealing with the Curragh. As the Deputies will appreciate, the Curragh being approximately 4,870 acres in area is one of the most open and accessible areas in the country. 
At the most recent meeting of the Curragh Forum several actions were agreed to assist in addressing a number of the...

58. Deputy James Lawless asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the measures his Department has put in place to safeguard the unique heritage of the Curragh plains or is in the process of putting in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32505/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 58 and 62 together.
At the most recent meeting of the Curragh Forum, several actions were agreed by the members to assist in addressing a number of the problems in the Curragh. In line with agreed actions, a review of the Curragh Bye-Laws and the Curragh of Kildare Act is progressing with a view to identifying any amendments that can be made to assist in dealing with the issues of encampments, d...

62. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the position regarding the work of the Curragh Forum; when it is expected to meet again in view of recent changes in personnel in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32511/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 58 and 62 together.
At the most recent meeting of the Curragh Forum, several actions were agreed by the members to assist in addressing a number of the problems in the Curragh. In line with agreed actions, a review of the Curragh Bye-Laws and the Curragh of Kildare Act is progressing with a view to identifying any amendments that can be made to assist in dealing with the issues of encampments, d...

68. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the position regarding the work of the Curragh forum; when it last met and is next due to meet; if progress has been made on agreeing a work programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23327/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): At the last meeting of the Curragh Forum on the 29 October 2016, several actions were agreed by the members of the Forum to assist in addressing a number of the problems in the Curragh. In line with agreed actions, a review of the Curragh Bye-Laws and the Curragh of Kildare Act is progressing with a view to identifying what amendments can possibly be made to provide greater powers to deal with the issues of illegal encampments,...

14. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the coordination that has taken place in the management of the Curragh Plains since the establishment of the Curragh forum and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33933/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin: My question concerns the Curragh Plains Representative Forum, for which I was full of hope. I was led to believe that it would bring all the stakeholders in Kildare and the Curragh together for the greater good of the public in Kildare while improving the lot of those who live, work and have leisure time in the Curragh. My question is based on the description that was given in the plans. There have been two scheduled meetings that I am aware of, one on 8 March and the...

283. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when the next scheduled meeting of the Curragh Forum is; if he will supply an agenda for the meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21459/16 asked on 13 Jul 2016 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): On 8 March 2016 the first meeting of the newly established Curragh Plains Representative Forum was held. The meeting was chaired by the Department of Defence and was attended by invited representatives from the Defence Forces, an Garda Síochána, Curragh Racecourse, Curragh Racehorse Trainers and Kildare County Council. The purpose of the Forum is to provide an opportunity for the consideration/progress of a wide range of issues regarding th...