Monday, 22nd December 2014
Have your say on changing the gorse burning season – Griffin
“Extending the gorse burning season would increase the farming potential of hills and reduce the chance of farmers being penalised” says Brendan Griffin, Fine Gael TD for Kerry.
“I would encourage all farmers to make submissions to the consultation process which gives the opportunity to consider extending the gorse burning season in line with Northern Ireland.
“If the decision were made to the extend the season this would reduce the risk of fires being lit covertly and getting out of control, and it would therefore prevent putting property, flora, fauna and emergency services personnel in danger.
“Cutting, grubbing, burning or destruction of vegetation from 1st March to 31st August during the nesting and breeding season for birds and wildlife is prohibited. However it is important that a balance is achieved between managing vegetation in the interests of wildlife, farmers and biodiversity.
“I commend the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys for initiating a review of this legislation as I believe that a small change to the season could make a great difference to farmers.
“Again I would appeal to all interested parties to get involved and to have their say before the deadline of 9th January 2015. Log on to http://www.ahg.gov.ie/en/ for further details.”