Group to oversee protection of hen harrier

Minister Heather Humphreys

An inter-departmental steering group has been convened by Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht Minister Heather Humphreys to consider the implication of the hen harrier special protection area designations in relation to agricultural use, forestry and wind-farm development.

Ms Hunphreys told TD Brendan Griffin in a written reply to a Dáil question that this group has been tasked with drawing up a threat response plan for the hen harrier and will deal with various issues of concern to landowners.

The departments represented on the group have been asked to nominate relevant stakeholders for inclusion on the Hen Harrier Threat Response Plan Consultative Committee.

“My officials will shortly write to the nominated stakeholder organisations formally inviting nominees to be appointed to represent their interests and input into the development of the threat response plan,” she said.

“Stakeholders from the farming, forestry and wind energy industries, as well as environmental non-government organisations and local authority representatives, will be invited to sit on the Committee.”


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