Section 2 allows the Minister to grant leases on the foreshore in the public interest. "Foreshore" means the bed and shore, below the line of high water of ordinary or medium tides, of the sea and of every tidal river and tidal estuary and of every channel, creek and bay of the sea or of any such river or estuary. Every lease shall contain prescribed clauses or covenants as listed in section 2. The Minister may also grant licences in respect of the foreshore authorising the placing of any material or placing or erecting any articles, things, structures, or works in or on such foreshore, removing any beach material from such foreshore, the taking any minerals in such foreshore or using or occupying the foreshore for any purpose pursuant to section 3. Section 5 allows the Minister to acquire foreshore by agreement. The Minister may prohibit, by Order, the removal by any person of beach material under section 6 and regulate entry into areas of the foreshore, restrict development, prohibit deposit of material in accordance with sections 7 to 14. Section 15 concerns evidence of title to foreshore.
Implemented by: Foreshore (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations, 1990. (1990-08-24)
Implemented by: Foreshore Regulations (S.I. No. 353 of 2011). (2011-06-30)
Implemented by: European Communities (Foreshore) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 404 of 2009). (2009-09-30)
Amended by: Foreshore (Amendment) Act, 1992 (No. 17/1992). (1992-07-20)
Amended by: Foreshore (Amendment) Act 2011 (No. 11 of 2011). (2011-07-11)
Amended by: European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Foreshore) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 433 of 2012). (2012-10-31)
Amended by: European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment and Appropriate Assessment) (Foreshore) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 544 of 2014). (2014-11-26)
Amended by: Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries Act 2007 (No. 17 of 2007). (2007-04-10)
Amended by: Fisheries and Foreshore (Amendment) Act, 1998 (No. 56 of 1998). (1998-12-23)
Amended by: European Communities (Public Participation) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 352 of 2010). (2010-07-13)
Amended by: European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 477 of 2011). (2011-09-21)
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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.