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Turf Cutting

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 21 January 2021

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Questions (132)

Niall Collins


132. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he will address a query in relation to turf cutting (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3123/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Ireland, like all EU Member States, is bound by the requirements of the Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive. These Directives aim to ensure the protection of habitats and species which have been selected for conservation within special areas of conservation and special protection areas. Ireland's approach is to recognise the traditional right to cut turf for domestic purposes, while balancing this with our obligations under the Habitats Directive. This balanced approach is based on a respect for and understanding of that tradition and has been carefully nurtured to build trust and work with stakeholders to save the natural heritage of Ireland's bogs.

In that context, the National Peatlands Strategy recognises that domestic turf cutters have a traditional right to cut turf for their own use and that this right is balanced with the conservation objectives for designated bogs and the legal obligations on the State.