Kerry bogmen tell their story to the minister

Mick Looney, John Looney and Denis Scannell with Deputy Michael Healy-Rae and Minister Josepha Madigan

TURFCUTTERS from Kerry have had a frank discussion with the Minister for Culture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht at which they highlighted their concerns for the future and they stressed the need for intervention.

Locals who cut in Moanvenlagh Bog in Listowel were accompanied to the meeting in Leinster House with Minister Josepha Madigan by Kerry TD, Michael Healy-Rae, who said they had a good case to put forward.

It is understood that the situation at Moanvenlagh Bog affects in the region of 40 families and 80 per cent of the area is State owned

“The meeting was productive and the ultimate aim is to ensure the turf cutters, if they wish, will be allowed to go back cutting turf in areas of the bog to be agreed,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

The Moanvenlagh Bog representatives in attendance were Mick Looney, John Looney and Denis Scannell.

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