Government’s inertia on peat cutting challenged

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From a Friends of the Irish Environment press release on 21 August 2013

The Government has failed to follow through on promises to the European Commission to end turf cutting on protected bogs, according to Friends of the Irish Environment. The statement comes after turf-cutters in the west estimate that more than 30 of the 53 raised bogs where harvesting is banned have been cut so far this summer in defiance of EU habitats directive restrictions.

The lobby group, which has a Petition before the European Parliament about ongoing peat extraction in Ireland, said in a statement that ‘turf cutters continue to act against the public interest despite generous compensation packages for which many people in Ireland would be extremely grateful.’

Read the rest of Friends of the Irish Environment’s press release here

The petition to the European Parliament can be downloaded here