Support for new Hen Harrier group


Galway East TD Paul Connaughton has supported the calls made by a newly established Galway/Clare branch of the Irish Farmers with Designated Land for proper compensation for landowners affected by hen harrier designation.
The Galway East TD attended a meeting held in Ballinakill Hall on Tuesday night to set up an action group in south Galway and north Clare which would be affiliated to the Irish Farmers with Designated Land group.
The well-attended meeting heard calls for proper compensation for farmers with a hen harrier designation. ‘I am fully supportive of their work, due to the fact that these are people whose land has been rendered valueless because of a designation and they have not been compensated properly,’ said Deputy Connaughton.
‘I have raised this issue with EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan in an effort to see what can be done to alleviate the plight of these landowners. One of the suggestions which emanated from Tuesday night’s meeting was a tax designation for designated land and I believe that this suggestion needs to be fleshed out further and a detailed proposal made by the group, which could then be examined and costed to see if a solution can be arrived at.
‘There is also an issue in relation to the planting of designated land and I believe that this is a crucial aspect of the problem. I will be urging Ministers Coveney and Humphreys to take this issue seriously and seek a resolution as soon as possible.’