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Final Round Of Public Consultation On The Future Management Of The Curragh Plains Opens

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Have your say on the future of the Curragh Plains.

The final round of public consultation on the future management of the Curragh Plains is now open.

The final round of public consultation will comprise of a further survey, a webinar and a public drop in event.

Details of the public consultations will be announced shortly on the Curragh Plains website.

The Minister for Defence Simon Coveney commented:“The Department of Defence together with Kildare County Council embarked on a unique collaboration aimed at finding a way forward in addressing the many challenges involved in managing and developing the Plains. 

"The key objectives of the Study are to implement best practice for the future management and development of the Curragh Plains," he said.

The Department of Defence together with Kildare County Council in recognition of the many challenges facing the Plains as well as the management associated with it jointly commissioned a Consultancy Study in June 2020 to explore how best the Plains could be managed, utilised and protected in today’s setting. 

Kildare County Council procured a multi-disciplinary team of consultants. 

The cost of the Study is €148,600 and is jointly funded by the Department of Defence and Kildare County Council. 

The Curragh Plains comprises of some 4,870 acres of semi-natural grassland and heath on a substratum of till which have existed uncultivated and unenclosed for at least 2,000 years. 

It is also a working environment for the Defence Forces, the bloodstock industry and sheep owners.

The Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., as the custodian and guardian of the Curragh Plains also welcomed this opportunity for the public to have their say on the future plans for the Curragh Plains.

The first public consultation received over 3,600 responses demonstrating the strength of public feelings about the Curragh Plains. 

Details of the first survey and the final round of public consultations can be found on the Curragh Plains website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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