Ash imports restrictions ease

Close shave for hurley makers

8th November, 2015
TJ Larkin’s family have been making hurleys in Galway for 130 years Pic: Andrew Downes

Restrictions on ash imports have been eased to help hurley makers survive the impact of ash dieback disease.

The tree-killing disease, which has devastated ash tree plantations across Europe, is continuing to spread here despite a €2.3 million campaign to eradicate it.

Minister of State for Forestry Tom Hayes confirmed that he had lifted restrictions on imports to ensure hurley makers could get the supplies they needed.

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