Which Maritime Spatial Plans Exist?

Ireland currently does not have any Maritime Spatial Plans, however steps have been taken towards developing MSP.

Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth – an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland was adopted in 2012. It sets out the Irish Government’s vision, high-level goals, and key ‘enabling’ actions to put in place the appropriate policy, governance and business climate to enable Ireland’s marine potential to be realised.

One of the earliest actions taken under Ireland’s integrated marine plan was the establishment of the Enablers Task Force to recommend a framework for implementing MSP. The Task Force report was presented to Government in 2014.

MSP Legislation

The MSP Directive has been transposed into Irish Law by the European Union (Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning) Regulations 2016. The regulations can be found at

National MSP Authority

Ireland’s Competent Authority for MSP is the Ministry for Housing, Planning and Local Government


Marine Planning - Foreshore Unit
Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
Newtown Road
Wexford Y35 AP90  



Last Update 03.09.2018