The Government has published Ireland’s Fifth Nitrates Action Programme. The Programme sets out new measures that have been introduced since the Fourth Programme.
Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme is given effect by the European Communities (Good Agricultural Practice for Protection of Waters) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 113 of 2022) . The regulations contain specific measures to protect surface waters and groundwater from nutrient pollution arising from agricultural sources.
The Fifth Nitrates Action Programme was developed following an initial public consultation, which was held in late 2020, and a second consultation period that concluded in September 2021. A third consultation period focused on the draft Natura Impact Statement and draft Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Programme was concluded on January 2022. Approximately 700 submissions were received during the three consultation periods and these have informed the final Programme.