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Consultation on the Significant Water Management Issues in Ireland for the Development of the Second Cycle River Basin Management Plans

The Department engaged in a public consultation exercise on Significant Water Management Issues (SWMI) during the second half of 2015, as part of the development of the second-cycle of River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) under the Water Framework Directive.  Some 47 submissions were received in response to the public consultation, which are now available to view under the "Reponses" link.

All submissions were considered by the Water Policy Advisory Committee (WPAC) and by the Programme of Measures Working Group which has been established to assist in the preparation of the draft second-cycle RBMPs.  A response document to the SWMI submissions has been prepared by the Department and is available under the "Outcome" link. This response document is not an exhaustive recounting of the submissions received; however, it highlights the main thematic concerns that were raised according to the level of public focus on each issue and provides and overview of the Department's considered response.

We would like to thank all those organisations and individuals who contributed to the SWMI public consultation process, which has provided valuable input in developing the second cycle of plans.

Submission Return Details 

The final date for responses in respect of this consultation has passed.

Terms and Conditions

Please note that 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.


Status History

Status - Concluded
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Monday, October 3, 2016


The Department's response to the Public Consulation on the Significant Water Management Issues.