Over €200,000 has been paid out to turf cutters in Kerry under the Government’s Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme.
Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Seán Kyne revealed details in the Seanad in response to a question from Roscommon Senator Frank Feighan.
This long-term compensation scheme has been introduced to compensate turf cutters for their loss arising from the cessation of turf cutting, in order to protect Ireland’s raised bogs under the framework of the EU habitats directive.
The scheme comprises a payment of €1,500 per annum, index-linked for 15 years, or relocation to a non-designated bog, where feasible, together with a once-off incentive payment of €500.
Over 3,200 applications have been received by government, who have spent almost €20 million on the scheme.
Some 11,086 annual payments, 1,649 once-off incentive payments of €500, and 896 deliveries of turf have been made to applicants.
Over €207,000 (€207,501) has been paid to turf cutters of Special Area of Conservation (SAC) bogs in Kerry.