Dáil Éireann - Volume 685 - 18 June, 2009
Written Answers. - EU Regulations.
Deputy Denis Naughten Deputy Denis Naughten
 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he has issued a communication to local authorities outlining the fact that the Department of Agriculture and Food will be the sole body responsible for routine on-farm inspections, including nitrates inspections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24300/09]
Deputy John Gormley Deputy John Gormley
Deputy John Gormley: Primary responsibility for the implementation of the Nitrates Regulations has rested with the local authorities since 2005. However, discussions are ongoing between my Department and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to ensure that the necessary inspection and related functions under the Nitrates Regulations are carried out in the most efficient and effective manner. In the meantime the existing arrangements continue to apply.
Dáil Éireann 685 Written Answers. EU Regulations.