IFA has said that the publication
of research by Teagasc and NUI Galway highlights the need to review the current
approach to developing greenways.
Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney said, “Recreational
routes, such as greenways and blueways, have an important role to play in
promoting agri-tourism and economic activity in rural areas. However, they will
also have a significant impact on farming activity and rural communities. This
is often ignored by councils, such as Kerry County Council, who plough ahead
with greenway proposals, impose CPOs and ignore alternative routing options put
forward by farmers.”
Thomas Cooney added, “This research highlights
post-construction issues that remain unaddressed and ignored. This includes
liability where recreational route users stray off designated routes, as well
as concerns regarding potential for increased criminal activities, littering
and general impact on farming operations.”
IFA has said an alternative approach is needed.
Kerry County Council must end its legal threats on landowners and
consider all alternatives presented, rather than imposing a predetermined route
for the proposed South Kerry greenway.
IFA National Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has encouraged farmers to apply for the National Walks Scheme, which will double the number of national walks and benefit up to 2,000 farmers. (more…)
IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on all local authorities to develop plans to address the annual increase in littering of the countryside that takes place post-Christmas, as people recklessly dump cans, bottles, used wrapping paper and even the left overs of Christmas dinners. (more…)
IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on Kerry County Council and Transport Minister Shane Ross to halt plans to force through a recreational greenway in South Kerry by compulsorily taking farmers’ lands.
With the Heritage Bill to extend the dates for burning gorse and hedge-cutting passing final stage in the Dail this week, IFA National Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy said that an early conclusion is now necessary with immediate implementation.
IFA President Joe Healy met this week with Transport Minister Shane Ross TD and called for the publication of the long-awaited strategy document which sets out the framework for the delivery of recreational routes such as greenways.
IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called for tougher sanctions on serial dumpers who use the Irish countryside as a skip for their illegal activities. He has also called for changes to the legislation so that farmers are no longer held legally responsible for reckless dumping by others.
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