Hopes of resolution on payments to farmers on Killery mountain

The head of the Irish Farmers Association says that landowners should not be penalised for wild fires last summer that were out of their control.

The fires on Killery mountain on the Sligo Leitrim border spread out of control during a dry spell last May causing the destruction of hundreds of acres of land.

The Department of Agriculture has threated to withhold payments to 33 landowners affected.

Farming reps have reached agreement with the Department on the lowland payments with a further meeting planned with Department officials tomorrow to on upland payments.

President of the IFA Joe Healy says that farmers can’t be penalised when there is no proof they caused these fires: