MINISTER ARRIVES IN DONEGAL TO SURVEY GORSE FORE DEVASTATION

first_imgJunior Agriculture Minister Shane Mc Entee arrived in Donegal today to see first-hand the devastation caused by the recent gorse fires.Minister McEntee is visiting a number of fire stations and will speak to fire officers about the experiences during the wildfires.He rtavelled to Glenties Fire Station before visiting a number of fire sites before arriving at Dungloe Fire Station. He was accompanied by Junior Gaeltacht Minister Dinny Mc Ginley, who says part of the reason for this visit is to ensure that lessons are learned.The fire services responded to an estimated 400 call-outs during which an estimated €10 million worth of damage was caused.As the clean-up begins, the Minister for Agriculture has announced the introduction of measures aimed at preventing further similar incidents.Simon Coveney’s pledged to introduce an enhanced system to notify the Department of forest fires. He’s also launched a nationwide publicity campaign, warning farmers and land-owners about the dangers of wild-firesCoilte, the state forestry board, estimate that more than €2.5 million worth of forestry in Donegal was destroyed during the fires.There have also been renewed calls made for compensation packages for farmers and landowners who lost livestock and had property destroyed in the fires.EndsMINISTER ARRIVES IN DONEGAL TO SURVEY GORSE FORE DEVASTATION was last modified: May 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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