Dáil Éireann - Volume 482 - 18 November, 1997
Written Answers. - National Parks.
Mr. Kenny Mr. Kenny
225. Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands her views on the development of the Burren National Park, County Clare; the agenda, if any, she has in this regard for the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19621/97]
Minister for Arts, Culture, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Miss de Valera) Minister for Arts, Culture, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Miss de Valera)
Minister for Arts, Culture, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Miss de Valera): The current position in relation to the development of the Burren National Park, County Clare, is that the Clare county manager has decided to treat the planning application for the proposed visitor facilities at Mullaghamore as a "material contravention of the county development plan".
The application was discussed by Clare County Council on 10 November 1997, and the council passed a resolution that a decision on the material contravention be deferred for a period of six months, subject to the consent of the applicant. I have consented to this deferral and the matter will fall to be considered again by the council on 20 May 1998.
In accordance with the Government's programme, An Action Programme for the Millennium, it is my intention to continue to consult with all interested parties, with a view to studying the matter thoroughly. I and my officials recently met a number of groups and listened to their views and it is my intention to have further meetings with other groups in the near future. This process will inform an overall management strategy for the Burren area and the development of the national park.
Dáil Éireann 482 Written Answers. National Parks.