Councils can’t ignore farmer concerns on greenways after research published by Teagasc and NUI Galway.

This was the message from IFA environment chair Thomas Cooney who said the research showed that farmer concerns regarding liability issues were legitimate.

“This research highlights post-construction issues that remain unaddressed and ignored. This includes liability where recreational route users stray off designated routes, as well as concerns regarding potential for increased criminal activities, littering and general impact on farming operations,” Cooney said.

Ignoring alternative routes

“This is often ignored by councils, such as Kerry County Council, who plough ahead with greenway proposals, impose CPOs and ignore alternative routing options put forward by farmers.”

The issue of the South Kerry Greenway has been ongoing, with an IFA-led protest and a number of farmers appearing in court regarding the matter of land entry for greenway development.

He called for Kerry County Council to end the threat of legal action against landowners and consider alternative greenway routes.

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