EPA Board Meeting Minutes for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023

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2023 Board Minutes

Records 110 – 100

Record 99 – 90

Record 89-80

Records 79-70

Records 69 -60

Records 59-50

Records 49 -40

Records 39 – 30

Records 29-20

Records 19-10

Records 9 -1

EPA Ireland Submission Data available as RSS, CSV and SQLite

Whilst there is a ton of useful data on the EPA Ireland web-site, it’s not exactly easy to track what’s going on.

Tool built by https://twitter.com/conoro to scrape the thousands of individual RSS feeds and generate what is hopefully helpful to those of you who wish to monitor submissions on the site.

The code is all up on GitHub here. In summary what it does is:

  • Once a day around 1.30am GMT, it scrapes all the feeds on the EPA site
  • It saves all the data into a SQLite database and uploads that to Amazon S3
  • It updates a single small RSS feed with all the submissions from the previous day
  • It generates a new CSV file with the same data as the RSS feed and saves that to GitHub

Subscribing to the RSS Feed

Use this URL in Feedly or similar: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/conoro/epa-rss/main/output/daily.xml

Viewing the daily CSV files.

They are all here in the repo starting on Sep 22nd 2022: https://github.com/conoro/epa-rss/tree/main/output/csv/daily

Getting notified by email (experimental)

If you’d like to receive email with a link to the latest CSV each day:

  • Create a GitHub Account
  • Click the drop-down menu beside “Watch” in the top right of this project’s page.
  • Select “Custom” and tick the box beside “Issues”. Then click Apply.
  • You should start receiving the emails beginning tomorrow.

SQLite Database

The latest full set of scraped data is available as a SQLite DB that you can download here. Use something like SQLiteStudio to browse and query it.

Examining the data in the SQLite Database using Datasette Lite

You can use a very cool project by Simon Willison called Datasette Lite to browse and query all the latest data in your browser by going here. I highly recommend playing around with it, as you can query by keywords and date ranges.


Glenasmole Valley


Summary: Castlekelly townland within Glenasmole Catchment

  • Acquired by the State in 2016 to form part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park.
  • 1982 Hectares
  • Some of the lands are also part of the Wicklow Mountains SAC and Wicklow Mountains SPA
  • Legal obligation on the State to restore the site condition to Favourable Conservation Status

The Development of a Gully Woodland Restoration Plan for the Upper River Dodder Catchment and the
Identification and Assessment of Generic Issues of Relevance for Future Similar Projects in Ireland

Proposed National Parks and Wildlife Service Glenasmole Catchment Project

Proposed measures

Presentation on the project

NPWS Upland Woodland Potential (Castlekelly)

Flood risk assessment: Ballinahinch, Ashford, Wicklow

Site maps

Question on flood models – Why are hydraulic models supporting the CFRAM not available to 3rd parties for investigation or updating?

Development details

Affected watercourses

Hurricane Charlie

What’s a Justification Test (submitted under separate cover) in the context of flood risk assessments, and where is this document available ?

Flood compensatory storage

Wicklow CoCo planning ref 23783, development on Vartry River, Ashford

Habitat survey

Flood risk assessment report


What is the Section 179a exemption?

Where can the exemption be utilised? State bodies and where the zoning objectives for the land as set out within the adopted development plan or local area plan includes residential use (i.e. where the land is zoned for residential purposes or for mixed use including residential).

Guidance for local authorities on the use of Section 179A provisions:

also see

What is a Part 8?

A development carried out by a Local Authority is often referred to as ‘Part 8’ development. This is a reference to Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended, which sets out the procedure for carrying out such developments. Such works would include developments such as the construction of houses, roads, swimming pools, public toilets and more.