Nitrates Directive Report (91/676/EEC): Ireland’s Reporting Obligation

EC Reporting on water pollution by nitrates and action programmes taken in vulnerable zones.

Member States shall, in respect of the four-year period following the notification of this Directive and in respect of each subsequent four-year period, submit a report to the Commission containing the information outlined in Annex V.

Note: While the reporting comes from the EPA, they have confirmed that the summary text on farm activities, measures and inspections etc included in the report come directly from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM).

The raw data on the farm activities, measures and inspections used by DAFM to create the summary in the report is held by DAFM

For the EPA’s annual assessment of water quality in relation to the nitrates derogation, DAFM provides the EPA with an image/map of the derogation farm locations. The most recent report, which includes the image/map of 2020 Derogation Herd Locations, is available on the EPA website. https://www.epa.ie/publications/monitoring–assessment/freshwater–marine/nitrogen-and-phosphorus-concentrations-in-irish-waters-2020.php

Reports are filed here:

EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2016-2019 for Ireland Supplemental 4End24 Feb 2021
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2016-2019 for Ireland Supplemental 3End19 Feb 2021
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2012-2015 for Ireland Supplement 8End19 Feb 2021
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2016-2019 for Ireland Supplemental 2End22 Dec 2020
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2016-2019 for Ireland Supplemental 1End10 Nov 2020
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2016-2019 for IrelandEnd09 Nov 2020
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2012-2015 for Ireland Supplement 7End17 Oct 2017
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2012-2015 for Ireland Supplement 6End04 Oct 2017
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2012-2015 for Ireland supplement 5End28 Nov 2016
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2012-2015 for Ireland Supplement 4End22 Nov 2016
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2012-2015 for Ireland Supplement 3End13 Oct 2016
EnvelopeNitrates Directive Article 10 Report 2012-2015 for Ireland Supplement 2End14 Sep 2016
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2012-2015 for Ireland Supplement 1End18 Jul 2016
EnvelopeNitrate Directive Article 10 Report 2012-2015 for IrelandEnd29 Jun 2016
EnvelopeIreland Nitrates Directive Article 10 Report 2008-2011End16 Jul 2012
EnvelopeNitrates Report 2008 DeliveryEnd23 Oct 2008
EnvelopeNitrates ReportDraft22 Jul 2008

AIE: SEA Article 10 Monitoring

AIE/22/026

DAFM response

No formal report regarding the SEA

Reports submitted annually to EU in respect of the Nitrates Derogation, which also contains information on general compliance with the Nitrates regulations, information from the Agricultural Catchments programme (administered by Teagasc) and EPA reports

Derogation Herds, Reporting and Mapping 2019

(via anon AIE Request)

The Commission Decision of 8th February 2018 permits the land application of up to 250 kilograms of nitrogen per hectare per year from livestock manure under certain conditions.

Article 7 of the Commission Decision requires that maps showing information concerning approved derogations on a county basis be submitted annually to the Commission.

Article 8 sets out the reporting requirements for the purposes of the Commission Decision.

This report is submitted to address the requirements of Articles 8 and 10 and relates to operation of the derogation in Ireland during 2019.

Numbers of derogation applicants and the results of administrative checks 2019

Number of applications6,786
Number withdrawn245
Number rejected131
Number approved6,410

Derogation as percentage of whole country

2019% of whole country  
Number of holdings with grazing livestock  4.98%
Number of grazing livestock units  15.90%
Total net area  9.61%

Nitrates Derogations 2019: Applications by County

  CountyNumber of holdings who applied for derogation  
Carlow96
Cavan108
Clare56
Cork2,149
Donegal104
Dublin2
Galway147
Kerry395
Kildare67
Kilkenny517
Laois242
Leitrim1
Limerick359
Longford19
Louth82
Mayo44
Meath166
Monaghan276
Offaly128
Roscommon17
Sligo20
Tipperary866
Waterford399
Westmeath61
Wexford384
Wicklow81
Total6,786  

Percentage of net area encompassed by derogation in 2019 at county level

Percentage of grazing livestock units encompassed by derogation in 2019 at county level

Percentage of holdings with grazing livestock encompassed by derogation in 2019 at county level

Note: creation dates for above maps and report are early Nov 2020, so resubmitted AIE for 2020 report and maps