€35m Hen Harrier Scheme delayed
Final contracts for the Government's new Hen Harrier Scheme are held up due to challenges from unsuccessful tenderers.
Last month, a project team was appointed to draw up the terms and conditions for the new €35m scheme to protect the endangered bird of prey, - popularly referred to as "sky dancers" - however, headway on the design has been momentarily stifled.
A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture confirmed the delay.
"It appears that one of the unsuccessful contractors that tendered for the process has a number of queries in and is challenging the process.
"It's delaying everything really to be honest, nothing can proceed until they find the answers are satisfactory.
"No contract can be concluded until that process is complete and all queries are answered satisfactorily," he said.
The Hen Harrier Scheme, led by the Golden Eagle Trust and a team of conservationists, agricultural advisers and environmental scientists, will provide farmers with an additional income stream on top of GLAS and GLAS Plus.
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