Farm project developments to need environmental assessments
Environmental impact assessments seem set to become a necessity on all development projects on Irish farms in the future.
Environment minister John Gormley told The Sunday Business Post: "My department will now closely examine the detail of the judgment, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to determine the appropriate legislative response and any procedural measures that are necessary to ensure full and early compliance with the directive."
Currently, it is down to the discretion of planning authorities to decide whether small scale farming developments, such as drainage, land reclamation and boundary projects, need to have an environmental assessment carried out.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, stated that a national inland fisheries forum would be established to advise on improving inland fishery resources.
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