Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield speaking on today’s Heritage Bill in the Seanad says the proposed legislation will damage native Irish wildlife.

Senator Warfield said:

“Sinn Féin is opposed to the extension of the hedge cutting period, while providing a facility to permit farmers and landowners to continue to cut roadside hedgerows should they be a danger to road users.

“We believe the government’s bill as proposed may cause irreparable damage on Ireland’s flora and fauna.

“Sinn Féin is seeking to amend this bill to prevent any extension or derogation from the current hedge cutting period until sufficient research has been done in the area.”