Public Consultation Policy

Policy Statement

It is the policy of IFI to consult with stakeholders and the general public on matters of inland fisheries policy and service delivery.

Download:  pdf IFI Public Consultation Policy Doc V0 30/JUN/2016 (263 KB)

Download:  pdf IFI Procedure on Policy Development (415 KB)

Current Public consultations

Details of current public consultations.

Submissions made in respect of Public Consultations will be made available at the following link as soon as they have been prepared for release.

Public consultation

Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations 2012


Fergus O'Dowd, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, gives statutory notice of his intention to make the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations, 2012 to provide for the management of the wild salmon and sea trout fishery by Inland Fisheries Ireland from 1st January 2013. A copy of the draft regulations, which is available on the Department's website,, and at the link below, is open for public inspection at the offices of the Department in Cavan and also at the offices of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Any person may submit objections to the draft regulations at any time during the period of 30 days concluding on 08 December 2012, either to the address below or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Inland Fisheries Division,
Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources,
Elm House, Earlsvale Road,

Tel (01) 6782025 /Lo-call 1890 449900 Extension 2025 (note: the rates charged for the use of the 1890 number may vary between service providers).

Eel consultation period extended to July 10th

Inland Fisheries Ireland invite submissions from interested parties on the following reports:

  • Report on the Status of the Eel Stock in Ireland 2009 - 2011
  • Report on the Implementation of Eel Management Plans for Ireland, including the transboundary NWIRBD 2009 – 2011

These reports should be read in conjunction with
the original report:

  • National Report for Ireland on Eel Stock Recovery Plan - Including River Basin District Eel Management Plans

all of which are available for download from the Inland Fisheries Ireland website or on CD Rom from the address below.

These reports include the latest research and management information on eels in Ireland compiled over the last three years and updates the status of the stocks. The management policy for eels in Ireland over the next three years will be determined from these reports and any relevant submissions received from interested parties.

Any party wishing to make a comment should send their submission to the following address:

IFI email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


“Eel Submission”
Inland Fisheries Ireland
Swords Business Campus
Balheary Road
Co. Dublin

On or before Tuesday 10th July 2012.

Public Consultation

Development of Inland Fisheries Ireland Corporate Plan

{joomplu:13}Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) was established on 1st July 2010 in accordance with the Inland Fisheries Act 2010 in place of the Central and 7 Regional Fisheries Boards. The 2010 Act sets out the authorities statutory obligations in relation to the protection, conservation, management, marketing, development and improvement of the inland fisheries resource in Ireland.

The legislation provides that the new authority must develop a 5 year rolling Corporate Plan for the new organisation within the first six months of its establishment. That Corporate Plan will define what the organisation will achieve in the next 5 years, how the objectives are to be achieved and how they are to be measured. In order to develop a Corporate Plan that is informed, realistic and compliant, IFI is now inviting submissions to the Public Consultation process from any individual, group or, associations who wish to actively contribute. The purpose of the consultation is to provide interested parties in the general public with an opportunity to comment on the future plan for IFI and to provide their views on the role and priorities for the organisation.

icon Development of the IFI Corporate Plan (91.43 kB)

This public consultation closed on Friday 20th August 2010

Public Consultation on Eel Reports and Plans for the next three years

The closing date for receipt of submissions to be considered as part of the review of eel plans for Ireland is has been extended to July 10th

European eel stocks are in crisis and the number of juveniles recruiting to freshwater is at an all-time low. Because the eel stock is a pan European stock, co-ordinated action across the EU is required by all to assist in the recovery of the stock. In addition, as the species is long lived recovery is anticipated to be slow (i.e. to be accomplished only over a number of eel generations). For this reason the EU Commission introduced a Regulation which required all Member States to prepare Eel Management Plans for the recovery of stocks, these plans were to be in place by 31 December 2008.

The first review of these plans is currently taking place and as a consequence the relevant documents relating to a review of Ireland’s EMP are available for download from the Inland Fisheries Ireland website as follows:

As part of this process there will be a number of public consultation meetings which will be held as follows:

Tuesday June 19th – Clonmel – Park Hotel
(off by-pass) Cahir Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
Time: 7.00pm

Wednesday June 20th – Athlone – Athlone Springs Hotel,
Monksland, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
Time: 7.00pm

Thursday June 21st – Carrick on Shannon – The Landmark Hotel,
Dublin Road, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Roscommon.
Time: 7.00pm

All relevant stakeholders are invited to attend one of the meetings.

Please Note:

Anyone looking to receive a copy of the plans on a CD ROM should contact the following address:

“Eel Submissions”
Inland Fisheries Ireland
Swords Business Campus
Balheary Road
Co. Dublin

Or by email to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stating that they require the plans as a CD rom (free) or as a printed document – a charge may be made for the printed documents (there are 3 documents; 1 of which is over 200 pages and another over 100).