The filming of the latest Star Wars movie on Skellig Michael had no adverse impact on seabirds, their habitats or the biodiversity on the island.
A report published by the Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys also said that the activity had no implication for the outstanding universal vlue of the World Heritage Site and no impact on the national monument.
Two minor incidents are highlighted in the report along with the measures taken to remedy them, which posed no danger to the site or the seabirds.
A crew member snagged their jacket sleeve on the edge of a stone on the entranceway to the ‘Upper Monks’ Garden’. The opening was immediately propped and repaired by OPW masons.
A small amount of diluted water-based paint was spilled on rocks adjacent to the ‘Wailing Woman’. Spill pads were used to immediately mop up the spill and clean water was also applied.
Minister Humphreys says the strict conditions laid down by her Department were fully adhered to, ensuring there was no negative impact on the World Heritage Site.
“This report outlines the extremely thorough approach which was taken by the experts supervising the shoot and the cast and crew from Lucasfilm during the three days of filming last month,” she said.
“The strict conditions laid down by my Department were fully adhered to, ensuring there was no negative impact on the World Heritage Site.
“The two minor incidents reported were dealt with immediately, and will have no long-term impact whatsoever and no ecological consequence.
“The reality is that the filming posed no greater challenge to the island than the 180 people who visit it every day during tourist season.
“I take my obligations in relation to protecting the wildlife of the island and the National Monument itself extremely seriously.
“My Department liaised with Lucasfilm for months before I granted consent to ensure that every necessary safeguard was put in place.
“This project has again proven that natural environments and film making can work in unison, providing the right checks and balances are in place.
“I look forward to the release of the new Star Wars film later this year, when international audiences will be greeted with images of one of Ireland’s most stunning natural and historical features.
“2016 promises to be a very exciting year for Irish film, and following the Minister for Finance’s decision to increase the Section 481 film cap in the Budget, I hope we will be in a position to attract further major productions to these shores in the months ahead.”