The purpose of these Regulations is implement provisions of Directive 97/11/EC relating to environmental impact assessment in Ireland. These Regulations contain amendments to the European Communities (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations, 1989 to 1998, and to provisions relating to environmental impact assessment in Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963 to 1998, and a number of other Acts. The amendments enable a person who is required to submit an environmental impact statement in respect of a proposed development to request the competent authority concerned to provide an opinion on the information to be contained in the statement. They also re-state and extend certain existing provisions, including those relating to the classes of development which require an environmental impact statement, and the procedures to be followed in the case of a proposed development which would be located on an environmentally sensitive site or be likely to have significant effects on the environment in another Member State of the European Communities.
Amended by: European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 477 of 2011). (2011-09-21)
Amends: European Communities (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations, 1989. (1989-12-19)
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Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600 and 150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian BORU defeated the Danes in 1014. Norman invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. The Irish famine of the mid-19th century saw the population of the island drop by one third through starvation and emigration. For more than a century after that the population of the island continued to fall only to begin growing again in the 1960s.