New hedge laws a 'no-brainer' - Ó Cuív
Allowing farmers to cut hedges in August is a "no-brainer", Fianna Fáil deputy Éamon Ó Cuív has said.
Speaking to the Farming Independent, the FF spokesperson for arts, heritage and regional and rural affairs said the proposed changes "certainly go far enough".
"Obviously it's a no-brainer to allow people to cut hedges in August where there is any danger to human life on road sides. That's a given.
"But we'd also be suggesting that there should be pre legislation so the committees can hear the various views," he said.
The Galway West TD said he would be willing to listen to why the Farm Contractors of Ireland association want all roadside hedges to be maintained throughout the year.
As for whether the proposed changes will be in place for this coming spring, Mr Ó Cuív said he is "totally opposed to rushing legislation".
"I can't see that it will be in for this spring. We have to listen to all the arguments and it's only appropriate that the Oireachtas committee will have time to examine and make comment," he said.