Our coastal islands are an integral part of the state’s heritage. Around 30 of these islands are inhabited and hold a wealth of cultural heritage. A central objective of this Department is to ensure that sustainable vibrant communities continue to live on the islands.
Satisfactory services and a developed infrastructure are important prerequisites for maintaining island populations. The Department’s aim is to seek to meet these requirements through current and capital investment via the Department itself and through other relevant Departments and organisations.
In recent years, priority has been given to the development of island infrastructure as well as subsidising comprehensive access services. The quality of life of the island populations has improved significantly as a result of this.
Public Consultation – Future of Airstrips and Surrounding Sites at Cloon & Laghtanabba near Cleggan and on Inishbofin, County Galway
The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is seeking submissions from interested parties in relation to the future use of airstrips and surrounding sites in the ownership of the Department in the townlands of Cloon and Laghtanabba near Cleggan, County Galway and in the townland of Middlequarter, Inishbofin, County Galway.
In 2013, the Department took a decision to dispose of the aforementioned sites. The method and timescale for this disposal was not set out at the time. The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of individuals/groups/organisations in both the public and private sector as to the future possible use of the airstrips and surrounding sites. Those wishing to make a submission should note that it must include a proposal for provision of air services at both sites. The views received will inform the Department’s deliberations in relation to disposal of the sites.
Further information in relation to the sites is available from the Department by emailing the address below.
Submissions should be marked “Airstrips and Surrounding Sites Consultation” and be submitted by post to:
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs,
Or alternatively by email to: Site_Consultation@ahg.gov.ie
Closing date for receipt of submissions is 19 May 2017.
Please note that all submissions received by the Department will be published on its website. In addition, the Department is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and therefore has to consider any request made to it under that Act.
If you consider that any part of your submission would be subject to any of the statutory exclusions under the Act please so indicate in your submission, specifying under which exemption you believe the content should be excluded.