'There is no bird foolish enough to nest on the side of the road'
Ireland’s hedgecutting laws were described as "pure nonsense" in the Dail this week, with another call for farmers to be allowed cut roadside hedges all year round in the interests of road safety.
Independent TD, Mattie McGrath said there is need to deal with the law preventing the cutting of hedges which he described as ‘pure nonsense’.
“To quote Deputy Danny Healy-Rae, there is no bird foolish enough to nest on the side of the road where there are lorries passing, so they go well into the fields to nest.
McGrath highlighted that he is involved with the Association of Farm Contractors Ireland and has been lobbying for years to allow the hedges to be cut.
“We discussed this in the talks on the programme for Government last year but, lo and behold, we have to get permission from the county council,” he said.
“Why can we not just have permission in the interests of road safety and of saving lives?
“When a tractor is coming out of a field, it is probably 7ft out of the field before the cab is out and it could be 10 ft.
“If there is an implement on the front of the tractor.