The General Scheme of the MPA
Bill was published on 16 December 2022. It describes the various powers, structures, processes and provisions envisaged under the forthcoming Bill. This includes provisions concerning roles and responsibilities, the identification, designation and management of MPA sites, features that may be afforded protection under the legislation, and participation processes, for example. Based on the General Scheme, the MPA Bill is currently being drafted and is expected to be progressed through the Houses of the Oireachtas in the second half of 2023.