Last cut is the deepest
NEXT month, the European Union's ban on turf-cutting will come into force on 53 Irish "raised bogs". One of them is Moanveanlagh, a few kilometres from Listowel, Co Kerry. Listowel is the base of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.
Nobody can have any doubt as to where his sympathies lie. They are shared by all who lament the passing of so much of traditional rural Ireland and see the drift exacerbated by emigration, the decline of small villages and the threats to rural schools.
But the EU directive was imposed for good environmental reasons, and it must be implemented. Otherwise, the Government could face fines of up to €26,000 a day.