Only three illegal gorse fire prosecutions reported in Kerry in past decade

The State has imposed a total of just €2,250 in fines for illegal gorse fires over the past decade.

The Irish Times today reports there has only been eleven prosecutions taken under Section 40 of the Wildlife Act which prohibits the cutting, grubbing, burning or destruction of vegetation, with certain strict exemptions, from March 1st to August 31st during the nesting and breeding season for birds and wildlife.

Of  the eleven prosecutions reported, three were in Kerry, four in Cork, two in Waterford, one in Leitrim, one in Offaly.

The largest fine was €600; the smallest fine was €100.

Yesterday Castleisland Fire Brigade continued to battle a fire in Ahamore Bog which had raged overnight for 12 hours, destroying hundreds of hectare of bogland and wildlife habitats.

This followed another large gorse fire in North Kerry on Thursday between Glenderry and Ballyheigue.

Kerry County Council confirmed, up until May 2nd of this year, fire services had battled 93 gorse fires across the county.