An Fóram Uisce –
The Water Forum

Looking after Ireland’s water resources

Chairperson's Welcome

Water Heritage Day fund is launched

The Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) have launched a fund of €30,000, the ‘Water Heritage Day Grants Scheme 2024’ to celebrate Water Heritage Day on Sunday the 25th of August. It is
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Welcome to the An Fóram Uisce – the Water Forum website.

The National Water Forum, as the only statutory body established to advise the Minister on water policy and management in Ireland, provides stakeholder input into policy development. With 26 members representing sectors such as agriculture, business, industry, education, community and voluntary, environmental NGOs, fishing, recreation, trade unions and Irish Water Consumers a wide variety of perspectives are facilitated to contribute to policy.

Policy positions are grounded in the most recent scientific data, input from agency experts, academic knowledge and commissioned research and consensus is achieved through dialogue and  informed debate. The diverse primary views find common ground on policies, technical, governance and community solutions  to provide a strong independent voice on water quality, water conservation and future proofing.

We communicate our positions through policy submissions, webinars, conferences, workshops and newsletters. We publish research reports and education and awareness resources and all are available on this website.

Our fundamental aim is to strengthen democratic input into decision making regarding water as a fundamental asset and to protect this precious gift for future generations to enjoy.

Dr Matt Crowe


The Water Forum (An Fóram Uisce) is the only statutory body representative of stakeholders with an interest in the quality of Ireland’s water bodies. It consists of 26 members representing 15 different sectors and organisations with direct connections to issues relating to water quality and also public water consumers. Approximately 50 different organisations were involved in the nomination of the members and all of the members are appointed by the Minister.

Donal Purcell represents An Fóram Uisce – the Water Forum on the Water Advisory Body

Dónal Purcell

Senior Executive Officer



Triona McGrath

Research & Policy Lead


Aisling Corkery

Research & Policy Executive          


Gretta McCarron

Communications & Education Lead


Martina Ryan

Clerical Officer



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