Notice Regarding Avian Influenza
Date Released: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Responsibility for Response to Avian Influenza
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is responsible for controlling AI in birds and mammals other than humans in Ireland. In that context, the Department has lead responsibility for preparing for, and the responding to, AI in Ireland. DAFM has developed AI contingency plans. In the event of an outbreak in Ireland, DAFM will take the take the lead role in co-ordinating and overseeing the response and will establish a Local Disease Control Centre close to the outbreak and a National Disease Control Centre based in Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin.
NPWS will be one of a number of key players involved in any response to an outbreak of AI in Ireland. NPWS is already providing expert advice to DAFM in relation to AI and wild birds.
Further background information on AI is available on the website, www.agriculture.gov.ie. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Avian Influenza Helpline Number is 01 607 2512 and the after-hours number is 01 492 8026.