Mediation group for Turf cutters

by Jason Michael & Harry McGee. Irish Times April 7th 2011

The Government has announced a new turf-cutting mediation body and promised details of a compensation scheme in response to a European infringement action against Ireland for failing to protect raised bogs.

In a statement, the Government said an independent, non-statutory Peatlands Council would be created to respond to commitments set out in the Programme for Government and to assist Ireland in responding to the requirements of the EU Habitat’s Directive, which require Ireland to protect and conserve important peatland habitats.

Conor Skehan, a lecturer at DIT’s School of Spatial Planning and former director of Bord na Móna, has been appointed as chair of the council.

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