FIE has written to the Minister for Agriculture because of new requirements for fencing of the uplands under the Single Area Payments and the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme. Farmers have been renting land in the uplands - especially from Coillte - to increase the acreage available to them for spreading slurry and grazing animals required under new Nitrates Regulations. The Department of Agriculture has closed down on the practice by requiring all such lands to be fenced. What they have neglected to tell farmers is that such lands traditionally open to the public for the last ten years must have planning permission for any fences.

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 NEW! LETTER FROM EU CONFIRMS FENCING NOT REQUIRED FOR GRANTS 

Original Keep Ireland Open complaint to the EU


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