Dáil Éireann - Volume 600 - 14 April, 2005
Written Answers. - Turbary Rights.
Mr. Naughten Mr. Naughten
162. Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will sign an order to facilitate the issuing of a top-up acreage payment to landowners who sold bog to his Department prior to the introduction of the new payment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11552/05]
Mr. Roche Mr. Roche
Mr. Roche: In July 2004 my Department concluded an agreement with the farming pillar under Sustaining Progress which involved increased rates of compensation for the cessation of turf-cutting in bogs that have been proposed as designated conservation areas. This agreement incorporates retrospective provisions benefiting landowners who participated in the original 1999 scheme for disposal of raised bogs and turbary rights to my Department.
The detailed application of retrospection to these earlier participants in the scheme is being finalised and will be communicated as soon as possible.
Dáil Éireann 600 Written Answers. Turbary Rights.