28 Mar 2011
IFA CALL ON MINISTER DEENIHAN TO CONFIRM TURF CUTTING ON SAC BOGS FOR THIS YEARSACs
IFA SAC Project Chairman, Padraic Divilly, has called on the Minister for the Arts, Heritage + Gaeltacht Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan, to confirm that turf cutting can take place this year, on 31 raised SAC bogs, as was indicated in the course of the recent General Election.
Speaking following a meeting of the SAC Monitoring Committee in Dublin, Padraic Divilly raised the issue of turf cutting on 31 SAC raised bogs where a derogation to allow turf cutting was given last year. The NPWS told IFA that it is their intention not to allow turf cutting on these bogs which are mainly located in the West/Midlands area. It is now up to Minister Deenihan to clarify the situation and allow turf cutting on these bogs as was promised during the recent election.
Mr. Divilly said the NPWS approach is in contrast to statements that were made by politicians from the new Government that turf cutting for domestic purposes would be allowed in 2011. Also the new programme for Government which has a special section on turf cutting is ambiguous and needs clarity for the 54 SAC raised bogs, 31 of which may be affected this year.
The IFA Chairman said it is up Minister Deenihan to come out and clarify the situation as turf cutters prepare to start cutting turf. Turf cutters must be allowed to exercise their right to cut turf for domestic purposes this year and beyond.