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Poll: Do you agree with the protesting turf cutters?

The turf cutters are in a stand-off with the Government in a row which pitches assertions of a historic right to cut on their land against bog protection legislation. What do you think?

A protest outside Leinster House last month.
A protest outside Leinster House last month.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE STAND-OFF between turf cutters and the Government has gotten worse today as the Turf Cutters and Contractors’ Association has claimed it has been “betrayed” after its proposals to allow its members to keep cutting turf for domestic use were rejected.

To get a full explanation of the row between the turf cutters and the Government, read our explainer here from late last year. Essentially, the row is pitching the turf cutters’ assertion that the tradition of cutting turf on their own land is a historic right against the Government’s assertion that they are breaching environmental protection guidelines on protected bog habitats.

What do you think of it? Do you agree with the turf cutters’ proposals that they be either be allowed to cut turf in their own bog, relocated to another nearby good quality bog (if the first is not allowed), or given compensation:

Poll Results:

Yes - I think that's reasonable (1946)
No - I think bog protection comes first (821)
I don't care (122)
I don't know (84)

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