Minister Denis Naughten paid tribute to farmers across the country who came out in numbers to clear snowdrifts from local roads. Last week, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment provided reassurance to farmers who removed snow-related hazards on public roads with the announcement that they would not be liable for claims.
Speaking to the Roscommon People on Wednesday, Minister Naughten said there was a level of confusion among farmers nationwide.
“There was certainly a lot of confusion nationwide with farmers who were very anxious to help out but worried about potential liability if they did so.
“It was discussed at Cabinet from a liability point of view and it was announced that they would not be liable as long as no financial transaction had taken place”.
Minister Naughten said farmers deserved a lot of praise for the assistance they provided to their communities last week.
“There’s a lot of credit due, although it’s no more than they did during the flooding a few years ago. They really came behind the community and helped out those who needed them.
“They are to be commended as well as other services such as the Gardaí, ambulance service, fire service, civil defence and healthcare workers who worked tirelessly in extremely difficult conditions last week”.