The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association Connaught/Ulster Vice President, John Flynn, is urging all members of the public to be extra vigilant when it comes to fire safety.
Fires have broken out in a number of places in the area over the past number of days, in some cases causing extensive damage and costing huge amounts of money to deal with.
John Flynn said, “I would urge everyone to be extremely careful when it comes to lighting any sort of fire in current conditions. It’s frightening how quickly and easily a fire can spread and get out of control, putting people, animals and property at great risk.”
“The authorities have clearly stated that anyone who breaches fire regulations will be investigated and could face severe penalties – including loss of the single farm payment for farmers.”
Mr. Flynn added, “it’s also vital that anyone who discovers a fire notifies the relevant authorities as quickly as possible so that damage is kept to a minimum.”