‘We want to protect the countryside’: Irish Government sets out plan for land and water conservation

Eamonn O’Sullivan, the Environment Minister, said he would work with local authorities to develop the programme.

“The first priority is to protect our countryside and protect the environment in general, so the best way to achieve this is to work with the local authorities,” he said.

“We want the best for them and we want to be part of their success, so that means we will work with them to develop that.”

Water conservation is a key focus of the Government, with Minister for Water and Climate Change Alan Kelly pledging to create an integrated water and conservation system.

In a statement, he said: “We will set out our plan for conservation on the Irish countryside and will be working with local communities to deliver it.”

It is hoped the programme will improve the quality of life for rural communities.

In the past, water conservation was the subject of controversy and debate in the country, with some claiming it could lead to water shortages and the loss of farmland.

Water conservation schemes have been proposed in many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK, but the idea is highly controversial.

The Irish Government’s programme is expected to be launched later this year.

The programme will be part-funded by the Department of the Environment and the Department for Regional Development.