Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal after the Lakeland milk quality awards ceremony in Virginia, Co Cavan, this Monday, Minister Humphreys said the legislation she proposed to extend hedgecutting and vegetation burning periods before the general election was most likely to come back before the Oireachtas at the autumn session. If adopted, it could apply from next spring.

“I’ve got agreement from cabinet that that bill will come back to where it left off,” she said. “I hope I may get it started before this session is over, but it’s likely it will be in the autumn sitting.”