INHFA urges minister to address difficulties with fencing on designated lands


The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association says many farmers who wish to fence their lands are facing the prospect of waiting for months and spending a fortune to get planning permission to do so.

The group's Donegal spokesperson says legislation passed in 2011 means farmers with designated land are now required to get planning permission to carry out normal farming activity such as fencing, and that's becoming a serious problem now since the opening of a grant scheme last week.

In many cases, applications are opposed, and this creates delays and can, in some cases, mean the work goes undone.

Henry O'Donnell says this is a serious situation, and Minister Michael Creed must address it........