The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (D/CHG) provides the legislative and policy framework for the conservation of nature and biodiversity in Ireland. It also oversees its implementation, based on good science, with particular emphasis on the protection of habitats and species under Irish legislation and the EU Nature Directives.
The Birds Directive (Directive 2009/147/EC) on the conservation of wild birds is implemented in Ireland, inter alia, under the Wildlife Acts. Under the terms of the Directive all Member States of the EU are bound to take measures to protect all wild birds and their habitats. Under Article 9 (a) Member States may derogate in the interests of: public health and safety; air safety; and to prevent serious damage to crops, livestock, forests, fisheries and water; and for the protection of flora and fauna. (Refer to RFT)