Government has made 12,000 payments of €1,500 to date for people stop turf cutting
Some 12,411 payments and 901 deliveries of turf have been made to applicants to the government’s turf cutting compensation scheme for raised bog special areas of conservation since its inception in 2011.
In addition, 1,738 once-off incentive payments of €500 have been made. 475 payments have been made to applicants from raised bog natural heritage areas under the scheme, according to figures provided by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Deputy Heather Humphreys.
The Government put in place a compensation scheme for those affected by the cessation of turf cutting on raised bog special areas of conservation.
This cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme comprises a payment of €1,500 per year, index linked, for 15 years or, where feasible, relocation of turf cutters to non-designated bogs where they can continue to cut turf.
Those wishing to relocate can avail of the financial payment or the delivery of 15 tonnes of cut turf per annum while relocation sites are identified and prepared.
The costs of acquiring and preparing relocation sites was also met by the State.
An additional once-off payment of €500 for qualifying turf cutters will be provided where legal agreements are signed with the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.