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Government seeks views from fishing communities in South and South East to decide locations for future offshore wind developments

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications has recently launched a public information and engagement period seeking the views of fishing communities as well as local South Coast communities to help determine where future offshore wind energy developments may take place.

This follows the publication of the South Coast Designated Maritime Area Plan (DMAP) Proposal last July by Minister Eamon Ryan, which puts forward an initial ‘proposed’ geographical area within which future offshore renewable energy developments could be advanced. The initial proposed geographical area is approximately 8,600 square kilometres in size.

The Department is seeking all views from interested citizens and impacted stakeholders, including: local communities and community organisations, individual local participants or representative bodies from the fishing and seafood sector, environmental organisations, as well as business groups within counties Waterford, Wexford and Cork. The eight-week public information period will run until 26 September and includes face-to-face public information events in several venues within counties Waterford, Wexford and Cork.

DMAP Proposal Area to be further refined following public engagement and environmental assessment

The establishment of a South Coast DMAP is part of the wider plan-led approach recently adopted by Government to ensure sustainable offshore wind development. What this means in practice is that the State, in cooperation with local communities and with consideration for other maritime activities, including fishing and seafood production, and environmental protection, will determine the appropriate location for offshore wind developments. The marine area of the DMAP proposal will be further refined following this initial eight-week period of public engagement, which will include expert environmental impact assessments and analysis, to assess its suitability for offshore renewable energy development. Following this public information period, a ‘Draft DMAP’ will then be published in autumn 2023, which will identify specific areas for future offshore renewable energy development. The Draft DMAP and accompanying environmental assessments will then undergo a further six-week statutory public consultation period in the autumn, before the Draft DMAP is presented to the Minister for Housing and both houses of the Oireachtas for approval.

Welcoming the public information period, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan, said:

“Future offshore wind energy development has the potential to offer enormous economic opportunities for Ireland’s coastal communities, in terms of jobs growth and local community development. This rigorous plan-led approach adopted by Government will also offer the best way to protect local marine environments while also boosting local community development.

“I strongly encourage all interested citizens, local communities, and various groups involved in existing maritime activities, including fishing and seafood production, throughout the South Coast to engage in public participation opportunities that will contribute to establishment of the South Coast DMAP over the coming months.”

The offshore renewable wind area has the potential to offer significant opportunities to communities along Ireland’s coast, including job growth and local community development. The success of Ireland’s first offshore wind auction earlier this year highlighted Ireland’s enormous potential in offshore wind. The hugely-competitive price secured — at an average of €86.05/MWh (megawatt hour) — is one of the lowest prices paid by an emerging offshore wind market in the world. The South Coast (DMAP) Proposal will also determine where Ireland’s second offshore will take place, with the auction is expected to launch at the end of 2023, or early 2024.

Further information on the South Coast Designated Maritime Area Plan (DMAP) Proposal is available on gov.ie/SouthCoastDMAP


*Dates and locations for public Information events:

Date Location Venue Time
September 4th Dunmore East Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre,


Dunmore East

Co. Waterford

X91 KX03

September 5th Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre,

Doneraile Drive,

Tramore West,


Co. Waterford

X91 HP63

September 6th An Rinn Ionad Pobail na Rinne,

An Rinn,

Dún Garbhán,

Co. Phort Láirge

X35 XW29

September 13th Kinsale Sáile Kinsale Community and Sports Centre

Cappagh, Kinsale

Co. Cork

P17 WD21

September 14th Aghada Aghada and District Community Centre


Upper Agahda

Co. Cork

P25 C576

September 19th (Workshop) Youghal Walter Raleigh Hotel


Co. Cork

P36 RX22

11.00-13.00 (Pre-registration required – details on how to register will be available on 1 September, on: gov.ie/SouthCoastDMAP)
September 20th (Workshop) Waterford The Tower Hotel

The Mall


X91 VXE0

11.00-13.00 (Pre-registration required – details on how to register will be available on 1 September, on: gov.ie/SouthCoastDMAP)

*A public information event will also be held in Kilmore Quay in County Wexford, on September 18th. This location will be updated on gov.ie/SouthCoastDMAP