Ballintogher farmers seek meeting with minister over loss of GLAS payments

A group of farmers from the Ballintogher area of Co. Sligo – who had their GLAS payment cut as a result of a gorse fire – are seeking a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture.

Farmers, political representatives and members of the IFA and the Irish Hill Farmers Association attended a public meeting on the issue last night.

In May 2017, a large gorse fire damaged a large section of land on Killery Mountain in Ballintogher which impacted on a large group of farmers who have commonage there.

It’s understood the Department of Agriculture has cased or reduced a number of payments for farmers under the Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme as a result of the fire.

One of the organisers of the meeting Sinn Fein Cllr Thomas Healy says the department need to notify all farmers in the area if their grants have been cut.