The Chairman of the Turfcutters and Contractors Association, Michael Fitzmaurice, has been elected to Dail Eireann.
Fitzmaurice is opposed to the preservation of any raised bog anywhere in the country, despite the fact that only a tiny fraction or our raised bogs remain intact. Specifically, he is opposed to a ban on peat extraction from 53 raised bogs which have been designated as Special Areas of Conservation. He is supported in this by Luke Flanagan MEP.
Fitzmaurice believes that the mechanical extraction of peat, which industrial equipment, should be allowed to continue unabated.