Castlewaller, Co Tipperary. Forestry

Harvest Plan Submitted in Support of Felling Licence Application

Castlewaller Inventory and Management Plan 2020 – 2029

Permission for the Castlewaller Windfarm was granted by Tipperary County Council in 2012 for development including 16 wind turbines up to 145m in height, access tracks, met mast, control building and substation compound.

Planning permission was extended in 2017 until April 2022

INSPIRE Directive (Directive 2007/2/EC)

The INSPIRE Directive (Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community Directive) came into force on 15 May 2007.  It is to be implemented in various stages.  The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has been assigned responsibility by the Irish Government to lead the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive in Ireland.  Information on the Inspire Directive is available at

The Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) Directive aims to create European Union (EU) spatial data infrastructure for EU environmental policies and policies or activities that may have an impact on the environment. The Directive places requirements on public bodies that produce, receive, manage or update spatial datasets that cover all of the land and marine areas over which the State has to create such EU-related spatial data infrastructure. This European spatial data infrastructure will:

  • Enable public sector organisations to share environmental spatial information
  • Facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe
  • Assist in policy-making across boundaries

INSPIRE is based on the infrastructures for spatial information established and operated by EU member states. The Directive has 34 spatial data themes under which datasets are categorised.  Information for implementers, including a roadmap to full implementation of the Directive is available here

Ordnance Survey Ireland provides the INSPIRE Geoportal and supporting functions through a managed service as agreed with Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The INSPIRE Geoportal of Ireland is the official access point to the INSPIRE compliant information of Ireland (metadata of datasets and services).


Article 10
1. Member States shall ensure that any information, including data, codes and technical classifications, needed for compliance with the implementing rules provided for in Article 7(1) is made available to public authorities or third parties in accordance with conditions that do not restrict its use for that purpose.

Local Authority Performance Framework Process

The Local Authority Performance Framework (LAPF) evaluates the performance of local authorities in progressing the National Enforcement Priorities (NEPs) designed to achieve national environmental outcomes.

The NEPs for Local Authorities and the associated key activities are proposed and discussed with all relevant parties on an annual basis. For waste, approval is given by the National Waste Enforcement Steering Committee and for water and air/noise, approval is given by the NIECE12 Steering Committee.

Each priority has an agreed objective and a specified outcome to be achieved over a three-year cycle, with the first three year cycle of the revised framework running from 2022-2024.

Although the priorities remain unchanged during each cycle, the focus of the activities associated with each priority can be revised on an annual basis.

There are 20 NEPs in total with five NEPs in each of the areas of governance processes, waste, water and air & noise.

The EPA’s assessment of local authority performance is based on the information and data contained in the Recommended Minimum Criteria for Environmental Inspections (RMCEI) Plans, RMCEI Data Returns and NEP Progress Reports which are submitted to the EPA annually.

EPA and third-party intelligence may also be considered in the assessments.

The results along with detailed recommendations for areas of improvement, if required, are sent to each local authority. Local authorities should review the recommendations and make any necessary changes to the planning and implementation of their environmental protection functions

The NEP assessment criteria are outlined in the Table 2 below.


Disputed Water Supplies in Ireland

“The EPA is aware of 102 supplies that Irish Water contend are not public supplies, and for which Irish Water has not taken over responsibility from the local authority. These supplies provide drinking water to over 2,000 persons. At the time of transition of the provision of water services to Irish Water, water services that were under the remit of the water services section in local authorities transferred to Irish Water. These 102 cases would have been primarily under the supervision of the Local Authority Housing sections and did not transfer across to Irish Water at that time. These supplies are generally supplying water to less than 50 people, which means they are exempt supplies under the Drinking Water Regulations (S.I. 122 of 2014). Currently responsibility for these supplies rests with local authorities. The EPA has raised the matter of disputed water supplies with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, to provide clarity around responsibility for these supplies.”

AIE request for list of non public supply locations, number of customers and last available plant inspection report

Download list and population served by county/plant here:

Note from EPA on the data as of Nov 2022:

The drinking water team have provided the attached list which is the most up to date list that the EPA holds relating to your request.  They have advised that you may wish to contact the relevant local authority and/or Irish Water for more information as the status of some of the supplies listed may have changed.