Photo courtesy of Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers.

Owen O’Keefe, a well-known Irish marathon swimmer, has moved to Dublin and started a new job…but he is not drifted that far away from the water.

I am concerned with freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, but my current focus is freshwater and my plan is to specialise in this area while continuing to develop myself as a general ecologist.

My job is to ensure that projects are designed and completed in accordance with the environmental aspects of planning and development regulations and legislation at local, national and international levels.

My work is primarily concerned with ensuring that proposed developments having sites designated for conservation or natural heritage interests within their zone of impact have neither direct nor indirect adverse affects on those sites with regard to their conservation objectives. I mainly focus on sites that are part of the Natura 2000 network – Special Areas of Conservation established under the EU Habitats Directive and Special Protection Areas established under the EU Birds Directive – and Natural Heritage Areas established under Irish law, as well as candidate/proposed sites
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