The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs invited the views of the public on the Draft National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017 – 2021 on 21st of December 2016. Interested organisations or individuals could submit written observations via a SurveyMonkey questionnaire on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website or, alternatively, by email and postal written submissions. Observations could be made in English or Irish. The consultation window was closed on the 9th of February 2017. The Department received 88 submissions and all those which we have permission to publish are now available through this link, Public Consultation Submissions. The Department would like to thank all those organisations and individuals who contributed to the consultation process. These contributions have constituted an important input into the development of Ireland’s National Biodiversity Plan 2017-2021 and have informed the preparation of the Consultation Summary Response document.