discussed. On 18 May 2021 the Government through the Department of
Environment, Climate and Communications issued the Policy Statement on
the Importation of Fracked Gas. https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/f3774-policy-statement-on-the-importation-of-fracked-gas/
AIE request refers to Section 28 and 29 of the Planning and Development
Act 2000, as amended. These references are not applicable in this case
as the Policy is not a Policy of the Minister for Housing, Local
Government and Heritage.
the Government or any Minister issues a new policy, An Bord
Pleanála must have regard to Government policy under Section
143 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended.
The Board shall, in performing its functions, have regard to—
the policies and objectives for the time being of the Government, a
State authority, the Minister, planning authorities and any other body
which is a public authority whose functions have, or may have, a
bearing on the proper planning and sustainable development of cities,
towns or other areas, whether urban or rural,
the national interest and any effect the performance of the
Board’s functions may have on issues of strategic economic or
social importance to the State, and
the National Planning Framework and any regional spatial and economic
strategy for the time being in force.
In this section ‘public authority’ means any body
established by or under statute which is for the time being declared,
by regulations made by the Minister, to be a public authority for the
purposes of this section.
Board were notified by DHLGH of the Policy Statement on 26 May 2021
with the Board replying on 27 May 2021. The Policy specifically states
order to implement the Programme for Government commitment that it does
not support the importation of fracked gas, the Government
has approved that:
pending the outcome of the review of the security of energy supply of
Ireland’s electricity and natural gas systems, it
would not be appropriate for the development of any LNG
terminals in Ireland to be permitted or proceeded with;”…….
the information in this email satisfies the information you were
looking for, please withdraw request AIE-047-2021. If you do not
withdraw the AIE request, the request will be processed in the standard
Policy and Legislation
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