Hedgecutting proposals an 'election gimmick to buy the farmers' vote'
Proposed new laws governing Ireland’s hedgerows were debated in the Seanad again last week with a number of Senators vocal in their opposition to the proposed legislation.
Their views were described as 'anti-rural' by some during the debate over whether the hedgecutting season will be extended by one month.
Labour Senator, Kevin Humphreys, was among those to lash out against the allegations.
“I will hear again the question of what would I know, being from Dublin 4? We know it as we are part of Ireland. We want to see all of Ireland thriving and ensure that agriculture is vibrant.
“We want to see a strong tourism industry but slashing and burning our hedges is not the way to do it,” he said.
Sinn Fein’s Fintan Warfield sympathised with these views and also hit out at Minister of State, Deputy Michael Ring.
He said he spoke with the Minister to express concern about the Bill.
“He responded in the most amazing way by saying he was glad that I was not from rural Ireland because if I was, I would actually understand it.