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Cattle grids needed to secure commonage for our rural community- Mayor Holland

25 November, 2015 - by Sarah Holland

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Sarah Holland, recently completed a tour of the Dublin Mountains with local resident and former Tallaght Person of the Year, Donie Anderson.

Donie is a farmer and an active member of the local community, and he raised some issues of concern with Cllr Holland, including the need for cattle grids at various points in the mountains.

Cattle grids would help protect the flocks who graze the common grounds from wandering down the mountain and destroying gardens, as well as protecting them and other road users.

Cllr Holland said:

“As we try to open up the Dublin Mountains to tourism, we must remember that part of what makes them so attractive is the ancient rural setting.  The common grazing grounds have been used by the families for hundreds of years, and it is incumbent on us to help protect their way of life.”

The Tallaght Community Council are firmly behind the Glenasmole Concerned Farmers Group and hope to organise a public meeting on it in the coming weeks.

Cllr Holland said:

“The farmers have cross party support on this – I submitted a motion a few months ago asking for the cattle grids and our roads department agreed to liaise with the community.

 The community have also been in touch with local cycling and ramblers groups to secure support for the project and the campaign is gaining momentum.

Similar cattle grid projects have been successful in Carlow and on Mount Leinster, as well as in the six counties, so we are hopeful of meaningful engagement on this”

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