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Public Consultation on Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme

The closing date for the Public Consultation on Irelands Nitrates Action Programme has been extended to  2pm Wednesday 3rd May 2017.

The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney, T.D., invites submissions, observations and comments on the third review of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme.

This consultation is run jointly by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). The objective of this public consultation process is to invite stakeholders to feed into the consultative process in relation to the proposed legislation.

Why are we launching a Public Consultation?

Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme is given effect by European Communities (Good Agricultural Practice for Protection of Waters) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 31 of 2014).  The regulations contain specific measures to protect surface waters and groundwater from nutrient pollution arising from agricultural sources.  In accordance with the Nitrates Directive these regulations are due to be reviewed this year.

How to get involved

The Department is inviting any interested parties to make submissions to help inform the legislative process.

To get involved, please email your observations or comments to by Friday 28th April 2017.

Postal responses should be sent to:
Nitrates Consultation
Water Quality Section
Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
Newtown Road, Wexford
Y35 AP90

To assist you, relevant documents may be accessed by clicking on the link below titled 'Documents'. These include the consultation paper and links to the  most recent water quality data.

Additional Information - Water Quality Research

The following links may provide useful information to you in advance of making a submission:

Agricultural Catchments Programme Phase 2  Teagasc report, published 2017

Water Quality in Ireland 2010-2012   EPA report, published 2015

State of Ireland's Environment     EPA report, published 2016  -  General water quality information in Ireland

Terms and Conditions

All submissions and comments received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014. Submissions are also subject to Data Protection legislation.

Submissions and comments will not be responded to on an individual basis but will be reviewed as part of the process and will feed into the deliberative process.

What we will do with your comments

Please note submissions and comments received may be published on the Department’s website ( unless otherwise requested. In any event, all submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014. The onus is on persons making submissions and comments not to include material of a private nature in the body of their submission.

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Status History

Status - Closed
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017