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Current Invitations for Submissions from the Public




Transboundary Environmental Public Consultation with Belgium concerning the life time extension of the Doel 1 & 2 Nuclear Power Plants, Antwerp, Belgium


The Planning Authority has been notified by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage that a Transboundary EIA public consultation with Belgium concerning a proposed 10 year extension of the operational life of the Doel 1 and 2 Nuclear Power Plants, and the associated nuclear safety-related improvement works, commenced on 28th April 2021. 


The following information will also be available for viewing on the DHLGH consultation webpage at


Notifications received from Belgian authorities, digital copies of the environmental documentation provided by Belgium to facilitate this public consultation, that includes;

- Report on the justified safe continued operation of Doel 1 & 2,

- Environmental Screening report by the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC), Environmental Impact Report and Extended Executive Summary concerning the nuclear safety-related improvement works,

- Non-Technical Summary of the Environmental Impact Report concerning the decision to extend the operational life of Doel 1 & 2,

- EPA advice on the Federal Nuclear Control Agency (FNCA) screening report.


A member of the public may make a written submission or observation in relation to the potential Transboundary environmental effects of the project, by sending them to the Planning Office, Transboundary Public Consultation, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal F93 Y622, to be received by close of business on Wednesday 23 June 2021 at the latest. Submissions or observations should not be made to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.


See attached a copy of the Newspaper Notice that appeared in the Irish Times, Irish Independent and Irish Examiner on the 28th April 2021. This notice along with the Departments link is available for viewing on the council’s Planning website. Members of the public may make a written submission or observation in relation to the potential transboundary effects of the project by sending them to their local planning authority to be received by close of business on Wednesday 23rd June at the latest.







Public Consultation Carrigart to Downings Footpath


Donegal County Council propose to construct a footpath adjacent to the R248 on the Carrigart to Downings regional road. This is planned to extend along the western margin of the R248, from its beginning near Carrigart to its junction with a minor road close to the Rosepenna Hotel and Golf Resort in Downings. This represents a total distance of approximately 2.6Km. For much of its length, the footpath is proposed to be 2.5m in width and will occupy the existing roadside verge. At the southern end of the site, the verge is replaced by a strip of hardstand and in this location it is proposed to create a footpath which is approximately 1.8m in width so as to fit within this area. The works will involve traffic management, excavation, kerb laying, concrete works, backfilling and any associated accommodation works.


A Natura Impact Statement (NIS) has been prepared in respect of the proposed development and Donegal County Council propose to seek the approval of An Bord Pleanála to undertake the works. An Bord Pleanála may give approval to the application for development with or without conditions or may refuse the application for development.


The Natura Impact Statement Documents can be downloaded here:


Submission and observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with:


  • The implications of the proposed development for proper planning and sustainable development in the area concerned,
  • The likely effects on the environment of the proposed development,
  • The likely significant effects of the proposed development on a European site, if carried out,


Can be made free of charge to the board at An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 before 5.00pm on Friday 23rd July 2021.






Letterkenny 2040


Donegal County Council is pleased to announce the launch of Letterkenny 2040 – a process to develop a regeneration strategy for Letterkenny town centre. 


This exciting project is funded by the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), a flagship initiative of Project Ireland 2040 and led by Donegal County Council’s Regeneration and Development Team. The strategy will establish a compelling and ambitious vision for the future of the town as a competitive regional centre, attracting investment and identifying a series of projects to bring about a social, economic and environmental transformation of the town centre. 


Due to Covid 19 restrictions engagement will take place online through a project website and social media channels.   The public are therefore warmly invited to visit where they can find out more about the project and complete an online survey.    Details for further engagement activities will be published as the project progresses, ensuring that everyone can have their say and help make Letterkenny 2040 the best possible plan for Letterkenny town centre and the wider North West Region.     


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