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ICSA welcomes ‘pragmatic decision’ on Access to the Countryside bill

Jun 14, 2013 | Press Releases | 0 comments

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has welcomed the Government’s “pragmatic decision” not to press ahead with legislation in relation to access to the countryside for recreational use.

ICSA Connaught/Ulster vice president and member of Comhairle na Tuaithe, John Flynn, said, “This move recognises the consensual approach adopted at Comhairle na Tuaithe level towards hillwalking and the development of tourism arising from it. ICSA agrees with the Minister for the Environment that the current permissive access regime for recreational enjoyment of hill areas is working well. Maintaining this while continuing to debate the issues surrounding access to the countryside is a very pragmatic decision.”

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ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said it is unacceptable that some 18,600 farmers will have to wait until February 2024 to receive their ACRES payment. “ICSA, along with other farmer representatives, today (6 December) met with senior Department of Agriculture officials in Portlaoise for an update on payments from the various farm schemes. At this meeting we were informed that no participant of the Cooperation Project (CP) stream of ACRES tranche one will be paid until February at the earliest. This news will come as a devasting blow to all those farmers who have been already waiting far too long for their payments,” he said.

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