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Stanley raises issue of cutaway bogs with Minister Rabbitte

20 October, 2011 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the environment and TD for Laois-Offaly Brian Stanley yesterday raised the issue of the future of Bord na Móna and cutaway bogs during a Priority Question to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte.

Deputy Stanley raised concerns over the future of the bogs when the Minister said that no decision had yet been made in relation to the future of Bord na Móna assets. He specifically asked the Minister what plans the he had for cutaway bogs in the midlands.

Stanley also referred to the massive potential that existed in harnessing Irelands wind and wave energy resources and asked the Minister whether the proposed New Era, which may involve the amalgamation of Bord na Móna and Coillte would be involved in their development. The Minister said that it would not.

Deputy Stanley said:

“Many people are concerned over the future of the bogs. We have already seen the removal of turbary rights from traditional users of the bog and I would be concerned at the implications of any Government decision regarding the future of Bord na Móna. The properties owned by Bord na Móna must continue to be used for the benefit of the people.”

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