Thursday, 13 December 2012

Questions (115)

Martin Heydon


115. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide an update on the progress of turf deliveries to family members under the agreed compensation scheme for a special area of conservation bog in County Kildare (details supplied); when he expects all deliveries to be complete; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56147/12]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

To date, 29 turf deliveries amounting to 417 tonnes of turf have been made to applicants and their family members under the cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme, administered by my Department, in respect of the raised bog special area of conservation referred to in the Deputy’s Question.

Where applicants claim to have been extracting more than 30 tonnes of turf per annum from their bog plots for themselves and family members, arrangements have been put in place for assessments to be carried out in order to verify such claims.