Irish Examiner View: Get tough - Commonage ablaze, again

There is, in Irish life, a cohort utterly indifferent to laws enacted to advance the common good or to protect our environment.
Irish Examiner View: Get tough - Commonage ablaze, again

There is, in Irish life, a cohort utterly indifferent to laws enacted to advance the common good or to protect our environment.

One of those is the Wildlife Act which, among other things, precludes, setting fires to clear vegetation between March 1 and September 1.

Despite that there has, this spring, already been a significant hill fire in West Cork and over the weekend there was yet another massive blaze in Killarney National Park.

Cork County Fire Service has had send crews from Bantry, Castletownbere, Schull, Skibbereen, Dunmanway, Midleton, Macroom, Mallow, and Fermoy to tackle gorse fires since Thursday.

This is a terrible waste of resources and energy. It is also an affront to the majority who behave responsibly.

In recent weeks the Government has frozen rents and taken over private hospitals so, if these deliberate and illegal fires continue, it should be easy enough to close commonage in areas where arsonists are active.

If that does not stop the fires them it may then be time to review farm subsidies for those areas.

The law must, after all, mean something.

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