EU unlikely to provide direct compensation for gorse fire losses – Coveney

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney says he is trying to secure some financial help for farmers who have suffered as a result of the recent gorse fires in Donegal, but the EU is not likely to provide direct funds.

Mr Coveney was speaking after meetings with both the IFA and ICSA during a recent two day visit to Donegal.

He says the priority now is to examine other ways in which funding may be secured, and in the meantime, he and his colleagues are building up a picture of how serious the fires were..........