MEP South says Government must compensate 4,000 landowners affected by Hen Harrier rules

With thanks to photographer Shay Connolly
With thanks to photographer Shay Connolly
4,000 landowners, including those in Kerry, affected by EU Hen Harrier conservation rules have been unfairly treated and should be compensated by the Irish government. That’s according to Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly who says farmers and landowners have suffered land de-valuation and encountered serious difficulties in carrying out agricultural work on their land. It’s due to the European Union’s Birds Directive which offers conservation protection through the Hen Harrier Special Protection Areas Designation. Mr Kelly says farming in these areas is the family income which many families are dependent on and is calling for an immediate and co-ordinated approach from the Government on the issue of compensation.

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