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IFA President Eddie Downey has called on Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys to agree compensation measures that fully recognise the loss of earning and fall in land value incurred by farmers with designated lands. At a meeting this week, the President said that consultation and a proper appeals process must also be introduced to ensure fairness for farmers affected by designations.

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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Michael Fleming has met with Heather Humphries TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to outline concerns in relation to a draft document “Hen Harrier Conservation and Forestry Sector in Ireland” that was presented to the Hen Harrier Threat Response Plan Consultative Committee.

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IFA SAC Project Chairman Tom Turley, has called on the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, to clarify her position in relation to imposing a burden on the land folios for areas that are designated SAC or SPA.

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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Michael Fleming said that Forest Management Protocol in Hen Harrier SPAs, which allowed a very small afforestation programme, must be re-instated immediately, as an interim solution until the Threat Response Plan is developed.

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IFA SAC Project Chairman Tom Turley said that Natura areas must be a priority in the new GLAS scheme as farmers must be fully compensated for farming restrictions imposed.

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