IFA Hill Committee Chairman Pat Dunne said the grazing rights which up to 40 farmers have on the 4,900 acres of land in Glenasmole South Dublin must be fully respected following the sale of the land by NAMA to the National Parks and Wildlife Service. IFA has received assurances that NPWS will honour the rights of farmers.
Pat Dunne said that already farmers in South Dublin and Wicklow have extensive grazing rights across the Wicklow National Park. This has allowed the land to be managed through sustainable stocking levels which safeguard this unique environment.
The IFA Hill Chairman said the important issue in the area is the continuation of farming and the ability of farmers to qualify for various CAP payments such as BPS, ANCs and GLAS.