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Hen harrier compensation package gets a cautious welcome

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Chairman of the ICMSA Farm Services Committee, Patrick Rohan.

Chairman of the ICMSA Farm Services Committee, Patrick Rohan.

Chairman of the ICMSA Farm Services Committee, Patrick Rohan.

Farm bodies have called for the €23m compensation for farmers with tracts of land affected by the hen harrier Special Protection Areas (SPAs) legislation to be delivered as soon as possible.

There was a "cautious" welcome for the new measures announced last week by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney. These will allow farmers in designated hen harrier areas to apply for funding under new Locally-Led Agri Environment Schemes (LLAES).


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