Public consultation on IOSEA 5 took place between 6 May and 17 June 2015 and involved three distinct approaches:
The IOSEA 5 Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement were published for comment alongside the draft Plan for issue of exploration licences and production authorisations. The Department sought responses to the following questions:
· Do you agree with the conclusions of the Environmental Report with regard to the likely impacts of the plan?
· Do you feel there are any significant impacts that have been missed or overlooked?
· Do you feel that the mitigation measures suggested are sufficient?
· Do you feel that the monitoring suggested for the SEA is sufficient?
This consultation concluded on 17 June 2015.
Copies of the Scoping Report and the Appropriate Assessment Screening Report for the Irish Offshore Strategic Environmental Assessment (IOSEA) 5 were available for consultation from 7 January to 4 February 2015.