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Madigan, Josepha

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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State Bodies Data

Was asked: the number and percentage of women on each State board under the remit of her Department on 8 March 2016 and 8 March 2019, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am committed to achieving the target, set out in the Government’s Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards, of at least 40% representation of each gender on Boards. The gender balance on each o...More Button

I am pleased to confirm that an additional three of the State boards have exceeded the gender ratio target in respect of female participation since 8 March 2016. As such, 12 of the 14 State board...More Button

Overall, as of 8 March 2019, the gender balance on the State boards under my remit stands at 50% male and 50% female. Vacancies on the Board of the Arts Council, the Crawford Art Gallery and the ...More Button

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Wildlife Conservation

Was asked: the status of the report by Ireland on the conservation status of listed species as required by EU Directive 92/43/EEC due in 2019; if work on this report has commenced; when it will be available; ...More Button

Under Article 17 of the EU Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC), each member state is obliged to report on the conservation status of habitats and species, listed in the Annexes to the Directive, every s...More Button

Hedge Cutting Season

Was asked: if the burning season will be extended (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976, as amended, prohibits the cutting, grubbing, burning or destruction of vegetation, with certain strict exemptions, from 1 March to 31 August.More Button

Following a review of Section 40, which included consideration of submissions from interested parties, proposals were announced in December 2015 to introduce legislation to allow for managed hedg...More Button

Section 7(1) of the Heritage Act 2018 provides that I may make Regulations to allow the burning of vegetation during such periods in the month of March and in such parts of the country as specifi...More Button

I recently made a decision not to make Regulations to extend the season for the burning of vegetation into March.  This decision was taken as there would have been no basis for me to do so given ...More Button

I therefore cannot agree that my decision not to extend burning into March has any relevance to fires in the countryside outside the closed period. The burning which the Deputy refers to in his q...More Button