DCHG Public Consultation Notice

Date Released: Monday, March 26, 2018

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG) is seeking views of stakeholders, interested parties and the public in relation to the Derogation Process under Article 9(1)(a) of the EU Birds Directive for 2018/2019 and future years.

The Department provides the legislative and policy framework for the conservation of nature and biodiversity in Ireland. The Birds Directive (Directive 2009/147/EC) on the conservation of wild birds is implemented in Ireland, inter alia, under the Wildlife Acts. Under the terms of the Directive, all Member States of the EU are bound to take measures to protect all wild birds and their habitats.


Under Article 9, Member States may derogate from these terms for one or more of the following reasons: public health and safety; air safety; prevent serious damage to crops, livestock, forests, fisheries and water; protection of flora and fauna.

In Ireland these derogations are achieved by the competent authority, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, by way of Declarations made under the European Communities (Wildlife Act, 1976) (Amendment) Regulations 1986, as amended.   These Declarations are reviewed annually for publication in May each year. This public consultation forms part of the Department’s five-yearly review of the derogation process.

Public consulation guidance document on the Review of the Derogation Process under Article 9(1)(a) of the EU Birds Directive

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 4 May 2018.

Submissions are invited from all interested parties and should be submitted via e-mail to: with 'Article 9a Consultation' in the subject bar. 


Or post to:

Wildlife Licensing Unit

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

90 North King Street

Dublin 7 D07 N7CV


Mark Submissions: “Article 9a Consultation”


Please note all submissions must include the full name and address of the person making the submission and where relevant the name of the body or organisation represented. Confidential or commercially sensitive information should be clearly identified in your submission.  However parties should also note that any or all responses to the consultation are subject in their entirety to the provisions of the FOI Acts and may be published by the Department.