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The Chief Executive of Kerry County Council says she intends to step up enforcement for hedge cutting.
Moira Murrell/issued by Kerry County Council
By law landowners are required to cut their own hedges and failure to do so can lead to legal proceedings.

Cllr John Joe Culloty called on Kerry County Council to implement a new regime for hedge cutting on public roads as the current system is not acceptable to the vast majority of vehicle owners, cyclists and pedestrians.

He also asked about the cost of tendering hedge cutting to private contractors.

Cllr Brendan Cronin said it is a joke that the local authority has said it cannot identify some landowners who are not complying.

Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae said some elderly landowners don’t have the insurance, equipment or wherewithal to cut hedges many of which are full of trees.

He said Minister Heather Humphreys must be stuck in briars somewhere as there has been no word on a review of hedge cutting.

Chief Executive of the council Moira Murrell said they will look at pilot schemes in operation in Clare and west Cork but her main priority is enforcement and she will be giving support to enforcement officers in this regard.