Kerry Cllr says law must change regarding the burning of gorse

A Kerry Councillor says the law must change regarding the burning of gorse.

Independent Cllr Dan McCarthy was speaking following numerous fires over the weekend along the Beara Way, from Tousist to Kenmare.

There was also a gorse fire near Rathmore.

Currently the cutting, grubbing, burning or destruction of vegetation, with certain strict exemptions, is prohibited from March 1st to August 31st during the nesting and breeding season for birds and wildlife.

The councillor says he is not an apologist for those burning out of season, but he says the burning season needs to be extended until at least April first: