Minister: Illegal turf cutters face prosecution

The Government plans to prosecute people involved in illicit turf cutting in certain bogs.

Under an EU directive, turf cutting was banned on 31 raised peatlands last year.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan today said while most people are abiding by the ban, a few are still breaking the law.

Minister Deenihan said action will now be taken against these people as the country cannot afford the fines from Europe

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