Dáil Éireann - Volume 478 - 01 May, 1997

Written Answers. - Natural Heritage Areas.

87. Mr. Flanagan asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht if he will include townlands [1296] (details supplied) in County Offaly in the natural heritage areas scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11803/97]

Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (Mr. M. Higgins): Some lands in the townlands in question include a proposed natural heritage area and candidate special area of conservation. The lands referred to by the Deputy do not form part of these sites.

The landowner in question has been requested to provide information as to the reasons he believes the land merits either of these classifications and his response is awaited.