Catchment News

Public meetings on the draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027

The Local Authority Waters Programme have organsied a series of online public meetings will take place in February and March 2022 to help with consultation on the draft River Basin Management Plan 2022 – 2027. 

Ireland is currently in the latter stages of preparing the next River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) for Ireland. The Plan is required under the Water Framework Directive for the period 2022-2027.

These plans, amongst other requirements, set out the environmental improvements to be delivered during a river basin planning cycle. The plans contain water quality objectives and a programme of measures to achieve those objectives.

Building on earlier consultation phases, the purpose of this consultation is to gather your views on what should be in the final plan. We need all sectors to respond, to ensure the third-cycle plan is as good as possible.

By responding, you will be helping to shape the overall management of Ireland’s water environment. The information gathered will help prepare for the next cycle of River Basin Management Plans. The finalised plan is due to be published in 2022.

You can read the plan and make a submission online at

Map of meetings

Below is a map of these meetings so you can find the meeting closest to you. You can then click on the meeting to register.

List of meetings

A full list of meetings is below – you can scroll to the right to get the link to register for each meeting.

CountyArea or Municipal DistrictsCatchment AreasDateTimeRegistration LinkCommunity Water Officer
CarlowCarlow Town/Mhuinebeag MD’sBarrow Catchment15/02/202219:30 Phelan
CarlowTullow MDSlaney  Catchment17/02/202219:30 Phelan
CavanBailieborough – Cootehill MDThe Annalee, Laragh and East Cavan’s River & Lake Catchments15/02/202219:00 Malone
CavanCavan – Belturbet MDOughter and West Cavan’s River & Lake Catchments17/02/202219:00 Malone
CavanBallyjamesduff MDUpper Erne and South Cavan’s River & Lake Catchments22/02/202219:00 Malone
ClareShannon MD, Killaloe MD, Ennis MDLower Shannon, Lough Derg & Fergus Catchments15/02/202219:30 O Conchuir
ClareWest Clare MDLower Shannon, Shannon Estuary & Inagh River Catchments17/02/202219:30 O Conchuir
CorkCork CityLee, Cork Harbour and Youghal Bay Catchments15/02/202219:30 Seale
CorkKanturk-Mallow & Fermoy MD’sBlackwater Catchment17/02/202219:30 Seale
CorkWest Cork & Bandon-Kinsale MD’sBandon-ilen & Bantry Bay Catchments21/02/202219:30 Seale
CorkMacroom, Carrigaline, Cobh & East Cork MD’sLee, Cork Harbour and Youghal Bay Catchments23/02/202219:30 Seale
DonegalDonegal MD/Glenties MDSouth and West Donegal, Donegal Bay North, Eske, Erne, Gweebarra/Sheephaven Catchments17/03/202219:30 McVeigh
DonegalInishowen MD/Stranorlar MD/Letterkenny and Milford MDNorth and East Donegal, Finn, Foyle, Leannan, Lough Swilly, Fanad, Deele and  Milford Catchments21/03/202219:30 McVeigh
DublinFingalFingal Area22/02/202219:00 Carolan Dublin
DublinSouth DublinSouth Dublin Area23/02/202219:00 Carolan Dublin
DublinDublin CityDublin City Area24/02/202219:00 Carolan Dublin
DublinDun Laoghaire-RathdownDun Laoghaire-Rathdown Area09/03/202219:30 O Keeffe
GalwayGalway City, Tuam MD’sCorrib Catchment22/02/202219:30 Ruane
GalwayLoughrea, Athenry/Oranmore MD’sGalway Bay South Catchment24/02/202219:30 Ruane
GalwayConnemara MDGalway Bay North/Erriff Clew Bay Catchments01/03/202219:30 Ruane
GalwayBallinasloe, Roscommon, Athlone MD’sUpper Shannon & Lower Shannon Catchments08/03/202219:30 Ruane
KerryTralee, ListowelTralee-Bay Feale Catchment16/02/202219:30 Igoe
KerryAn Daingean-CastleislandLaune-Maine Dingle Bay, Tralee-Bay Feale Catchments23/02/202219:30 Igoe
KerryKillarney, KenmareLaune-Maine Dingle Bay, Tralee-Bay Feale Catchments02/03/202219:30 Igoe
KildareNorth Kildare (Liffey & Boyne Focus)North Kildare (Liffey & Boyne Focus)28/02/202219:30 O Keeffe/Aoife McGrath
KildareSouth Kildare (Barrow Focus)South Kildare (Barrow Focus)07/03/202219:30 O Keeffe/Aoife McGrath
KilkennyKilkenny City/Castlecomer/Thomastown MD’sNore22/02/202219:30 Phelan
KilkennyPiltown/Mooncoin MD’sSuir Catchment24/02/202219:30 Phelan
LaoisGraiguecullen/PortarlingtonBarrow Catchment15/02/202219:30 Mannion
LaoisPortlaoise MDBarrow and Nore Catchments02/03/202219:30 Mannion
LaoisBorrisonossary/Mountmellick MDBarrow Catchment03/03/202219:30 Mannion
LeitrimManorhamilton MDErne, Upper Shannon, Lough Melvin, Upper Bonet, Duff, Glencar Waterbodies01/03/202219:30 Kennedy
LeitrimCarrick on Shannon MD and Ballinamore MDUpper Shannon, Lough Allen, Lough Gill, Lough Rinn, Yellow River Catchments03/03/202219:30 Kennedy
LimerickAdare-Rathkeale MD, Limerick City West, North & East MDsRiver Shannon, Lower Shannon and Shannon Estuary Catchments22/02/202219:30 O Conchuir
LimerickCappamore-Kilmallock MD, Newcastle West MD Lower Shannon, Mulkear, Deel and Feale Catchments24/02/202219:30 O Conchuir
LongfordGranard and Longford MDsUpper Shannon, Erne, Camlin and Lough Forbes Catchments21/02/202219:30 Kennedy
LongfordBallymahon MDUpper Shannon, Lough Ree and Inny Catchments24/02/202219:30 Kennedy
LouthArdee & Drogheda MDsDee, Glyde and South Louth River & Coastal Catchments24/02/202219:00 Malone
LouthDundalk MDFane, Castletown and North Louth River & Coastal Catchments01/03/202219:00 Malone
MayoBallina MD, Swinford, Claremorris and Castlebar MDMoy & Killala  Bay, and South Mayo Corrib catchments.21/02/202219:30 Carolan Mayo
MayoWest Mayo MDClew Bay/Erriff and Blacksod/Broad Haven Catchments28/02/202219:30 Carolan Mayo
MeathAshbouren, Kells, Laytown/ Bettystown, Navan, Ratoath, Trim01/03/202219:00 Carolan Dublin
MonaghanBallybay – Clones MDFinn, Bunnoe and Dromore River & Lake Catchments03/03/202219:00 Malone
MonaghanCarrickmacross – Castleblayney MDFane, Muckno & Carrick River & Lake Catchments08/03/202219:00 Malone
MonaghanMonaghan MDBlackwater & North Monaghan’s River and Lake Catchments10/03/202219:00 Malone
OffalyBirr MDLower Shannon Catchment22/02/202219:30 Mannion
OffalyEdenderry MDBoyne Catchment23/02/202219:30 Mannion
OffalyTullamore MDLower Shannon Catchment24/02/202219:30 Mannion
RoscommonRoscommon MD. Boyle MD.Upper Shannon Catchment02/03/202219:30 Carolan Mayo
SligoSligo-Drumcliff MD and Borough of Sligo MDSligo Bay, Duff, Glencar, Lough Gill Catchments08/03/202219:30 Kennedy
SligoBallymote-Tobercurry MDSligo Bay, Moy, Unshin, Owenmore Templehouse lake, Tubbercurry, Bellawaddy Catchments10/03/202219:30 Kennedy
TipperaryNenagh MD, Thurles MDLower Shannon, Lough Derg, Nore and Suir Catchments01/03/202219:30 O Conchuir
TipperaryClonmel , Carrick-on-Suir,  Cashel-Tipperary MDSuir Catchment03/03/202219:30 O Conchuir
WaterfordDungarvan – Lismore & ComeraghColligan, Dungarvan Harbour, Blackwater, Tay, Mahon Catchment22/02/202219:30 Walsh
WaterfordWaterford MetropolitanRiver Suir, St John,s River, Tramore Beach and Back Strand Catchment03/03/202219:30 Phelan
WestmeathMullingar/Kinnegad MDLower Shannon and Boyne Catchments16/02/202219:30 Mannion
WestmeathAthlone/Moate MDUpper Shannon Catchment17/02/202219:30 Mannion
WexfordGorey/Kilmuckridge/Enniscorthy MD’sOwenovarragh and Slaney Waterbodies08/03/202219:30 Phelan
WexfordNew Ross/Wexford/Rosslae MD’sBarrow/Wexford Harbour/Rosslare Our Ladys Island Waterbodies10/03/202219:30 Phelan
WicklowArklow & Wicklow MDVartry, Avoca, Redcross, Three Mile Waters, Potters, Avonmore, Avonbeg, Aughrim, Ow, Lough Dan, Lough Tay, Goldmine, Ballyduff16/02/202219:30 O Keeffe
WicklowBaltinglass MD (West Wicklow MD)Slaney & Wicklow Uplands23/02/202219:30 O Keeffe
WicklowBray & Greystones MDDargle (Glencree, Glencullen, Kilruddery, Swan, Lough Bray), Three Trouts Stream, Kilcoole, Kilmacanogue, Ballyroan, Newtownmountkennedy, Newcastle, Dodder Upper02/03/202219:30 O Keeffe

Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.