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Full planning permission for fencing, drainage and digger work on selected lands by 2030

We are sleepwalking into the rewilding of rural Ireland,’ warns INHFA

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Brendan Joyce of the Irish Natura and Hill Farmer's Association on his farm at Maam Cross, Co. Galway. Photo: Keith Heneghan

Brendan Joyce of the Irish Natura and Hill Farmer's Association on his farm at Maam Cross, Co. Galway. Photo: Keith Heneghan

Brendan Joyce, INHFA

Brendan Joyce, INHFA

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Brendan Joyce of the Irish Natura and Hill Farmer's Association on his farm at Maam Cross, Co. Galway. Photo: Keith Heneghan

Full planning permission may be required for fencing, draining or any work involving a digger on some selected farmlands by 2030 under controversial EU special designation plans.

In fact, over the next decade Ireland could see some farmland left under stricter protection status than the world-famous wildlife plains of the Serengeti National Park in Africa, it has emerged.


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