Rotting Ash trees are going to result in fatal accidents should they not be removed from the sides of public roads. That's the view of Roscommon/Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who says Ash dieback has spread far and wide. Ash dieback is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungal pathogen that results in the eventual death of the tree and the weakening of its branches.
Deputy Fitzmaurice is calling for the removal of infected trees from public areas before a falling branch or tree causes serious injury or death. The Independent Deputy is seeking an incentive for farmers for the removal of the trees on their own lands, with county councils responsible for public areas. Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show, the Roscommon Deputy says the only option is to remove the trees: