One Kerry raised bog is to be de-designated a Natural Heritage Area.
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys has announced that the drafting of legislation has been approved for the de-designation of 46 raised bog NHAs across the country.
There are currently 75 raised bogs with legal protection, covering roughly 23,000 hectares across the country, including Maonveanlough Bog outside Listowel – this is not included on the de-designation list; Bunnaruddee Bog near Moyvane is the only Kerry bog listed.
A further 73 blanket bogs are also designated as National Heritage Areas.
Minister Humphreys will now submit the Bill to de-designate the 46 bogs to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht for pre-legislative scrutiny.
Former Green Party Senator Dan Boyle has described the announcement as contempt for the environment, and rewarding the lawbreakers.