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Ferris calls on government to implement turf cutters proposals

6 March, 2012 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Rural Affairs Martin Ferris TD has called on the government to implement the proposals from the Turf Cutters Association regarding turbary rights prior to the threatened April 1 ban being imposed. The Kerry North/Limerick West TD was speaking during a debate on a private members motion opposing the outright ban on turf cutting on raised bogs.

Deputy Ferris said:

“One of the keys to all of this and indeed to other issues of concern in rural communities is the reality that faceless bureaucrats, often not even resident in or familiar with any part of this country, are laying down decrees with regard to important issues.

“One of the points which has been made by the Kerry turf cutters and the national association is that the state had refused to engage with them despite the fact that they have come up with detailed and imaginative proposals which they believe form the basis of a solution taking into account the various concerns and interests.”

Deputy Ferris welcomed Minister Deenihan’s initial welcome for the proposals but called on him to implement them in full.

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