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A turf cutter requires a licence to harvest peat from his land in a Tipperary bog designated a Natural Heritage Area (NHA), the High Court ruled.

However, Thomas Deegan will only have to pay his own legal costs of his High Court appeal of proceedings against him by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over harvesting at Timoney Bog, near Roscrea, Mr Justice Bernard Barton ruled.

Mr Deegan had appealed a Circuit Court order of 2014 restraining him from harvesting without a licence.

The judge said the area involved in his business exceeds 50 hectares and he requires an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control licence.

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