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Driving around County Kildare I have noticed a small number of amateur protest signs erected by an organisation called the KTCA or the Kildare turf cutters association. If we didn’t have enough problems to sort out in the Country at the moment, the KTCA are protesting against the recent Government ban on cutting turf in specific locations. The ban is an attempt to protect the last remaining raised bogs, located in the East of the Country, as opposed to the more common blanket bogs which are present in the West of Ireland. There are currently negotiations taking place to compensate the turf cutters because of the ban, but no final deal has been agreed yet. Time is of the essence as the Irish Government will be subjected to daily fines by the EU if it continues to allow turf cutting in these most sensitive environmental areas.