Limerick landowners urged not to carry out illegal burning of land

first_imgLimerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues LIMERICK City and County Council is urging landowners not to carry out any illegal burning of land during the COVID-19 crisis.A spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council said as Ireland is currently in a national public health emergency due to the spread of COVID-19 “everyone needs to ensure that all of our emergency services personnel are available in terms of public safety”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The message echoes that of the Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine Michael Creed TD who issued strong warnings to landowners about an illegal burning activity.The spokesperson said, “This is an unprecedented time in Ireland and everyone must play their part in supporting our emergency services and ensuring they are not needlessly diverted, so it is crucially important that landowners heed the Minister’s warning.“If someone should start an illegal fire in the countryside this will cause the unnecessary diversions of emergency service resources”.The statement added that wildfires can cause disruption in rural communities as well as putting homes and livelihoods at risk.“Such disturbances to rural dwellers, including those who are old and vulnerable cannot be allowed under any circumstances but especially at this time when the country is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement concluded.If you burn land between the 01 March and 31 August:You risk prosecution, fines and potential imprisonmentSuch land will no longer be eligible for payment under the Basic Payment Scheme and other area-based schemesInclusion of illegally burnt land in the 2020 Basic Payment Scheme application may result in reduced payment and penalties under this scheme and the other area-based schemes, e.g. Areas of Natural Constraints SchemeIllegal burning can also render the land of your neighbours ineligible for paymentWhere it is identified that lands were burnt during the closed season this may result in such land being inspected by Department officials Discover the wonders of Limerick during Heritage Week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Linkedin Advertisement Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry TAGScitycountyEnvironmentillegalIrelandlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilNews Twittercenter_img Previous articleCiara raises €40,000 for the Children’s Grief CentreNext articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 7 | A new normal Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] NewsEnvironmentLimerick landowners urged not to carry out illegal burning of landBy Cian Reinhardt – March 31, 2020 239 Key restrictions ‘significantly’ tightened to combat spread of Coronavirus Print Facebook Limerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaks WhatsApp Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provisionlast_img

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