Local TD calls on Minister to address payment delays for turf cutters

A Shannonside TD is calling on the Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan to address delays in payments in Turf Cutting Cessation Scheme.

Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway Michael Fitzmaurice says he’s been inundated with calls from people who are still waiting on payments, despite them being issued in May or June in earlier years.

Deputy Fitzmaurice is questioning whether the overspend on the National Children’s Hospital has negatively impacted on the ability of other departments to issue payments on time.

He says it’s not acceptable for the government to delay monies owed to people indefinitely, especially as they have made financial commitments to cover their fuel.