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Government to offer free turf to cutters on protected bogs

People who are being ordered to stop cutting turf on protected bogs will receive compensation including free turf.

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PEOPLE WHO ARE being ordered to stop cutting turf on some of Ireland’s protected bogland are to be given some alternative free turf as part of their compensation deal with the state.

Heritage minister Jimmy Deenihan told the Dáil this afternoon that the shipments of free turf, paid for by the government, would be among the compensation elements offered by his department.

The compensation is part of the package announced by the government in April, where individual turf-cutters will be given compensatory payments of up to €15,000 in exchange for their compliance with the new guidelines.

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