TASK FORCE WILL BE FORMED TO TACKLE EXPANSION CRISIS IN MONAGHAN POULTRY SECTOR

10 September 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The go-ahead was given at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council for the establishment of a task force to seek solutions to environmental issues currently stymying development in the Co Monaghan poultry sector. The Environmental Protection Agency issued guidance in June indicating that it would no longer grant licences to intensive agricultural developments such as poultry units in the Sliabh Beagh Special Protection Area of North Monaghan and the Special Area of Conservation at the Kilroosky Lake Cluster in Clones because of the cumulative impact of ammonia emissions on the sites in question. The Co Council was told on Monday that the situation is an effective halt on the granting of planning permission for new poultry units and also represents a significant barrier to existing units wishing to expand.

Bernadette Guinan, Waste Management Director with consultants Fehily Timoney who have prepared a Co Council-commissioned report on the issue, quantified the scale of the problem in a presentation to councillors. “The impact will be on new applications,” Ms Guinan stated. “It will be very hard for a new producer to demonstrate that they will not have an impact on these sites. The guidance will only impact the existing poultry sector if producers are seeking to increase or expand their operations. “This may result in the poultry sector having to look outside of North Monaghan into the southern areas of the….

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