Authorities hiding behind Hen Harrier plan according to farmers

The National Parks and Wildlife Service and Minister for Heritage are hiding behind the hen harrier consultation process according to farmers.

The Draft Threat Response Plan on the Hen Harrier population is being finalised by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, for public consultation.

The chairman of the Irish Farmers with Designated Land Organisation Jason Fitzgerald says farmers were promised in 2017 that 9,000 hectares of forestry would be planted but that this has not yet happened.

Four and half thousand of that was to be in the Cork, Kerry and Limerick areas.

He says the authorities in this area are not providing answers or direction on the scheme.