Written answers

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Turbary Rights

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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324. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the current list of bogs in County Sligo on which turf may be cut; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15978/14]

Photo of Jimmy DeenihanJimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael)
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The bog referred to in the Deputy's question is part of the River Moy Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). The draft National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan, available to view at, sets out the situation in regard to turf cutting on this and other raised bog SACs. In short, turf cutting may not be undertaken on this bog without explicit consent. If sought, it is unlikely that consent could be given due to the likely damage it would cause to the protected habitat on the bog. Affected turf-cutters can avail of the compensation and relocation schemes that have been made available. If the Deputy wishes to enquire about specific bogs in County Sligo, I will be glad to make enquiries for him.

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