Dáil Éireann - Volume 524 - 25 October, 2000
Written Answers. - National Heritage Area.
Mr. U. Burke Mr. U. Burke
268. Mr. U. Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands if national heritage area designation was lifted on any lands at Commons East, Woodford, County Galway; if so, the person who sought the exemption of these lands; if this area of commonage is so designated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23518/00]
Miss de Valera Miss de Valera
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Miss de Valera): Lands at Commons East, Woodford, County Galway, lie within Slieve Aughty Bog which was proposed for designation as a natural heritage area, pNHA, in 1995 and were subsequently advertised as a proposed candidate special area of conservation, pcSAC. Some commonage is included within the site.
The site was re-examined as part of my Department's on-going review of all proposed sites and  was delisted as a pcSAC as it was felt that the fragmented blanket bog contained therein did not justify SAC status. It was concluded however that the area should be retained as a proposed natural heritage area.
Dáil Éireann 524 Written Answers. National Heritage Area.