Campaigners criticise new hedge cutting and gorse burning laws

Campaigners have criticised the passing of the Heritage Bill, which clears the way for an extended hedge cutting and burning period.

The bill has passed the Dáil and Seanad and now need the President’s signature to become law.

The Irish Wildlife Trust has criticised the bill, saying the extension of the cutting and burning period will see some birds ‘obliterated’.

Supporters of the bill however say it gives clarity to landowners who have a responsibility under other legislation to make sure their hedges don’t impact on road safety.

Speaking on The Wider View, the Irish Wildlife Trust’s Padraic Fogarty criticised successive Heritage Ministers, including Heather Humphreys, for their handling of environmental issues: