MEP calls for hen harrier farmer compensation

Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly has called on the Government to compensate 4,000 Irish landowners who have been affected by new EU hen harrier conservation rules.
MEP calls for hen harrier farmer compensation

Mr Kelly said the landowners have been unfairly treated and should be compensated by the Government, following a meeting between landowner representatives and European Commission officials in Brussels.

Mr Kelly and Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan brought five members of the Irish Farmers with Designated Land group to Brussels to brief commission officials on how farmers and landowners in Limerick and its surrounds have encountered land devaluation and difficulties in carrying out work on their land due to the EU’s Birds Directive. It offers conservation protection through the Hen Harrier Special Protection Areas Designation.

Commission officials said that rural development allows member states to compensate farmers for costs and income loss resulting from the disadvantages and restrictions related to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives .

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