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Public Consultation on the Draft National Marine Planning Framework

Ministers Eoghan Murphy and Damien English have published the Draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) for public consultation.

Why we are launching this consultation?

The Draft NMPF is Ireland’s first marine planning framework and it applies to a broad range of marine activities including aquaculture, offshore renewable energy, sea fisheries and tourism. It provides a long-term framework for effective management of marine activities and more sustainable use of our marine resources. It is intended to enable Government to set a clear direction for managing our seas, clarify objectives and priorities, and direct decision makers, users and stakeholders towards more strategic, plan-led and efficient use of marine resources.

The NMPF will inform decisions about current and future development of the maritime area, aiming to integrate various sectoral needs within the three overarching pillars of forward planning (economic, environmental and social).

In broad terms the Draft NMPF is based around:

  1. Marine planning objectives
  2. Marine planning policies, and
  3. Supporting actions required to achieve (1) and (2) above.

The plan does not set out a hierarchy of activities. It does, however, set out supporting policies in respect of aquaculture, defence, energy, fisheries, mining and aggregates, ports harbours & shipping, telecommunications cables, tourism, safety at sea, sport & recreation, and waste-water treatment and disposal.

Regional public events are being held to promote awareness and facilitate public and stakeholder participation on the Draft NMPF. Details of the events arranged to date are as follows. 

Date Time Venue Theme
12/02/2020 18:00 – 20:00

Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow, Co.Wicklow, Y14 DX02

Offshore Renewable Energy


11:00 - 13:00

St Laurence's, Technological University Dublin, Grange Gorman, Dublin, D07 E244

Marine Environment


18:00 – 20:00

School of Tourism, Letterkenny Instituteof Technology Campus, Shore Road,Killybegs, Co. Donegal, F94 DV52


Due to the current public health situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the remaining planned public meetings have been cancelled.

How to get involved?

Make a Submission

The Department invites submissions on the Draft NMPF. The consultation period closes at 12:00 noon on Thursday 30th April 2020.  You can make a submission by: 

Email to the following address only; or

Writing to the following address:

Draft NMPF Submissions,
Marine Planning Section,
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Y35 AP90 

Draft National Marine Planning Framework

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Accessible version of Draft National Marine Planning Framework

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Terms and Conditions

All submissions and comments submitted to the Department for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007- 2014. Submissions are also subject to Data Protection legislation.

Personal, confidential or commercially sensitive information should not be included in your submission and it will be presumed that all information contained in your submission is releasable under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

What we will do with your Response

Responses will inform the further development of the National Marine Planning Framework. Please note that submissions received may be made available on the Department’s website. In any event, all submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection legislation. See also the Privacy Statement under the Documents link above.


Status History

Status - Closed
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Thursday, April 30, 2020