Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
869. Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when he will be implementing and funding the river basin management plan for the River Shannon, which he signed off on in October 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1136/10]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): The making of a river basin management plan is a function reserved to local authorities and the process of finalising plans, including that for the Shannon International River Basin District, will be completed in the coming months. A National Advisory Committee has been established to coordinate this work across each of the Districts and to oversee the subsequent implementation of the plans.
Limerick County Council is the coordinating authority in relation to the Shannon International River Basin District. This project has been funded by my Department and to date in excess of €8 million has been granted to the Shannon RBD.
The plans will specify the environmental objectives to be achieved in relation to water-bodies and the measures to be implemented in order to achieve these objectives. The programmes of measures must be operational by the end of 2012.
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