Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (217)

Patrick O'Donovan


217. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the compensation available to farmers that have been badly affected by the gorse fires in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18008/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department is not in a position to provide assistance to farmers who suffered losses during the recent gorse fires. Damage to property is a matter for individual land owners. It is the case that some farmers have insured their property e.g. forestry plantations against fire and I would encourage others to pursue this approach.