Updated: 15/05/18 : 14:52:12
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Court of Appeal decision on public right of way welcomed by IFA

IFA Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the decision by the Court of Appeal to reject a claim that a public right of way existed over a landowner’s property in Co. Wicklow.

Flor McCarthy said this is an important decision that protects the rights of landowners and it confirms that access to land can only be given by the landowner, unless a public right of way already exists.

The IFA hill farmer leader said IFA has already raised with the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring the need to extend the number of walk covered by the Walks Scheme.

The IFA will be meeting the Minister at the Comhairle na Tuaithe meeting tomorrow (Wed), which involves all the recreational stakeholders and will raise the issues of insurance and the indemnification for land owners who do allow walkers onto their land.