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Department seek relocation site for North Galway turf cutters

Wednesday, 17th January, 2018 9:28am

Story by Siobhan Holliman
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Department seek relocation site for North Galway turf cutters

Photo: Ray Ryan

Department seek relocation site for North Galway turf cutters

Photo: Ray Ryan

A MAJOR relocation operation is being planned by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Cultural Affairs to accommodate turf cutters in North East Galway who are no longer allowed cut on their Special Area of Conservation (SAC) designated bogs.

Over 11 hectares of bog near Glenamaddy has been earmarked by the Department to relocate turf cutters affected by the designation of Kilsallagh Bog and Lisnageeragh Bog as ecologically sensitive European SACs.
The Department owns a large section of the earmarked site while the remainder is privately owned. Turf cutters from nearby sensitive raised bog SACs will be relocated to the non-designated Kilcolumb Bog, which is about 11 km from Glenamaddy.

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