Thursday, 7 November 2019
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Hedge Cutting Season
222. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the period of time during which it is permitted to cut hedges and ditches here; the position regarding the levy of fines that can be imposed in circumstances in which landowners do not cut their hedges that can cause difficulty for road users; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45926/19]
Section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976, as amended, prohibits the cutting, grubbing, burning or destruction of vegetation, with certain strict exemptions, from 1 March to 31 August.
There is provision in the section for some strict exemptions from the prohibition during the closed period, for example, for works undertaken in the ordinary course or agriculture or forestry, for health and safety reasons, the destruction of noxious weeds, during works permitted under statute and for works undertaken for road safety reasons under Section 70 of the Roads Act 1983.
A person who commits an offence under Section 40 is liable on summary conviction to a class A fine, that is, maximum fine of €5,000.