€11 million compensation for Turf Cutters

In order to stop turfcutting on protected sites the State will spend more than €11 million compensating turf cutters.

Paul Melia, Farming Indepenent (14/4/11) writes:

The scheme will pay some 750 turf-cutters a total of €15,000 each over the next 15 years for the loss of their rights (€1,000 each per year).

Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, who is also a spokesman for the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association, last night accused Fine Gael of reneging on its promise to discuss the issue.

He said the ban would be ignored by families who relied on turf to heat their homes.

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