Farmers should not be penalised for wildfire damage

LEITRIM IFA are calling on the Government not to “penalise” farmers whose lands were destroyed in the recent gorse fires across the North West.

LEITRIM IFA are calling on the Government not to “penalise” farmers whose lands were destroyed in the recent gorse fires across the North West.

By Fiona Heavey

According to a number of sources, the likelihood of Government compensation to farmers whose lands and agricultural fencing were destroyed in May’s devastating gorse fires is very low. But more worryingly, the local Irish Farmers Association are calling on the Government not to penalise farmers for the damage on their lands.

Leitrim was struck by the worst fires in living memory in early May. The blaze near Dromahair burned for over 36 hours destroying one family home and scorching over 1,000 acres of land. There were also fires in the Glencar and Manorhamilton areas. Up to 40 fire fighters attended the fires working in shifts to combat the flames from 4.30pm on Sunday evening, May 1 right through to 3.30am Tuesday morning May 3.

Leitrim Roscommon Spokesperson fro the IFA Adrian Leddy told the Leitrim Observer this week that REPS, Single payments, area aid based grants and other necessary farmer income relies on hedges, trees and agricultural fences to be in an approved condition for payments to be processed.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.