Landowners to be impacted by designation of 119 new SACs in townlands in Sligo and Leitrim

69 townlands in the Ox Mountains and Templehouse areas of Co Sligo, and 50 townlands in the Lough Melvin area of Co Leitrim have now been officially designated as Special Areas of Conservation. Deputy Marian Harkin says the move has significant implications for landowners in those areas and compensation must be forthcoming