Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

IFA calls for turf cutting clarification on SAC bogs

The IFA has called for clarification on turf cutting on 31 Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) raised bogs following statements during the general election that cutting for domestic purposes would be allowed this year.

Speaking after a meeting of the SAC Monitoring Committee in Dublin yesterday, the IFA's SAC project chairman, Padraic Divilly, raised the issue of turf cutting on SAC raised bogs where a derogation to allow it was given last year.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service told the IFA that it is its intention not to allow turf cutting on these bogs, which are located in the west and midlands.

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