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Public Consultation: timetable and work programme for third cycle River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022-2027

Mr. Eoghan Murphy T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has published the draft timetable and work programme for the third-cycle River Basin Management Plan 2022 – 2027, and launched an accompanying six-month public consultation.  The public consultation will run to end June 2019.

The timetable and work programme sets out the main steps and milestones in the three year process of preparing Ireland’s third River Basin Management Plan, which will be published in December 2021. It also highlights the measures which the Department will take to ensure comprehensive engagement with the public and to set out the agreed steps which will be taken to engage with all stakeholders across the work programme.

This is the first of three public consultation stages related to the three-year development of the third cycle River Basin Management Plan. Each public consultation will last for six months.

How to respond to the consultation?

A short, targeted questionnaire has been developed to facilitate responses to some of the key questions we have in relation to the development of the RBMP. The responses we receive to this questionnaire will allow us to determine the public opinion on the current RBMP and the level of engagement between the implementation bodies and the stakeholders. It will also help us to shape the development of the consultation process at different stages of the Plan and will guide us in our assessment of the success of the measures we have put in place in the current RBMP to improve water quality.

The questionnaire can be found in Appendix 1 of the consultation document (link below), and can also be completed on our website at the following link:

If you have any comments or suggestions outside of those topics covered in the questionnaire, you can also send them directly to us at:

In addition, interested stakeholders can engage through the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) either at one of its public meetings, through its website:, or by email:

Written submissions can be sent to:

RBMP Public Consultation
Water Division
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
Custom House
Dublin 1
D01 W6X0

Interested parties are invited to make written submissions or comments no later than Friday, 28th June 2019.

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.

Publication of Submissions

All submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection legislation and may be published on the website.


Status History

Status - Closed
Friday, December 21, 2018
Friday, June 28, 2019