Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co Offaly, this Wednesday, Minister Humphreys said the bill containing provisions to revise hedgecutting and burning dates would resume its progress “at the committee stage”, where it was left before the last general election. The Seanad session resumes on 28 September.

“It is a priority for me because it is something that has been raised with me on many occasions today,” she said. “I met many different people who said to me that hedgecutting is an issue that they feel very strongly about, that it needs to be addressed, especially in the interest of road safety.”