The Seanad voted to pass the Heritage Bill this Thursday, including provisions to allow vegetation burning in March and hedge cutting in August under a pilot scheme to be administered by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys.

More than one year after its introduction and following lengthy debates, the legislation must now go to the Dáil before it enters into force. The version of the bill adopted by the Seanad includes a controversial Fianna Fáil amendment limiting August cutting to “any hedge or ditch on the roadside,” as opposed to any hedge or ditch in the text originally proposed by the Government.