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Public Consultation River Finn Dredging


Donegal County Council proposes to seek the approval of An Bord Pleanála for proposed dredging of material for flood relief works along the River Finn in the townlands of Ballybofey and Stranorlar.




Dredging of material for flood relief works along the River Finn in Ballybofey & Stranorlar.

Local Roads Ofice For Viewing Plans

The Base Enterprise Centre, Railway Road, Stranorlar & Road Design Office Lifford.

Description and Extents

The proposed works are located in the Townlands of Ballybofey & Stranorlar. There are 3 locations from which the removal of silt, gravel and boulders is proposed by dredging. These are located within the River Finn SAC upstream and downstream of the main Ballybofey/Stranorlar bridge along the N15 road. Location 1 is the removal of gravels behind Jacksons Hotel, location 2 is located under the main Ballybofey/Stranorlar Bridge where the removal of silt deposits is proposed and the third location is the removal of boulders and some rubble under the Dreenan bridge within the River Finn.


A Natura Impact Statement has been prepared in respect of the proposed development. 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 below:

River Finn Dredging Natura Impact Statement Report May 2019
River Finn Dredging Public Consultation Document Instream Works

River Finn Dredging Public Consultation Drawings

River Finn Dredging Instream Works EIA Pre-Screen


Subsequent to correspondence received from An Bord Pleanála and in accordance with Section 177AE(5)(d) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, as amended, requires Donegal County Council to publish additional information in relation to the scheme.


The additional information, which will be in the form of a revised Natura Impact Statement, can be inspected free of charge or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the front desk of The Base Enterprise Centre, Railway Road, Stranorlar or at the front desk of Road Design Office, County House, Lifford.


The revised Natura Impact Statement may be inspected between the hours of 9:00am – 12.30pm and 1.00pm - 4:30 p.m. from
Wednesday 6th November 2019 to Friday 29th November 2019.


Submission and observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with:
(I) The implications of the proposed development for proper planning and sustainable development in the area concerned,
(II) The likely effects on the environment of the proposed development,
(III) 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 Pleanala, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 before 4:30pm on the 29th November 2019.


The Revised Natura Impact Statement can be downloaded below:


Revised Natura Impact Statement


River Finn Dredging Instream Works Notice

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