GARDAI and officials from the National Parks & Wildlife Service were forced to move onto a protected Roscommon bog where turf cutting was underway.
Several hundred farmers and Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan were present at the bog at Corbo, Kilteevan, Co Roscommon where turf was being cut.
Mr Flanagan denied he was encouraging the breaking of the law.
He also said he would never tell a bog owner what to do but he was aware of the pressure on bog owners.
Local farmer Josie Fallon told RTE News that he had no option but to cut his turf because the Government had to compensate him or offer him a replacement bog.
Turf cutting has now stopped at the bog.