ICSA call for compensation for Laois fire victims

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has called on the Irish government to supply a compensation package to those who have been affected by fires in Laois.

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has called on the Irish government to supply a compensation package to those who have been affected by fires in Laois.

Hundreds of acres in the county have been badly damaged by gorse, bog, forest and grass land over the past number of days. Other counties such as Longford, Roscommon, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan and Meath have also seen damage done to their land by these fires.

John Barron, ICSA Rural Development Chairman, said: “A realistic compensation package needs to be drawn up to help farmers that have been affected by these fires. Bog lands, farmland and livestock have all been damaged by this unfortunate series of events and as a result farmers in the county have been greatly affected. We are still facing into an uncertain few days as there has been no direct word on how long it will take for these fires to run their course.

“We’re coming into a very important part of the year for farmers. Harvest is vital for the sustainability of farms and if farmlands have been damaged then it will make harvest especially difficult if at all possible. Therefore, a compensation package needs to be drawn up by the Government to help alleviate the stress that these fires have put on farmers in our county as well the other counties that been affected. We ask Minister Simon Coveney to make a serious commitment to help farmers in a practical way.”