Zoned Land

Some farmers may get exemption from land hoarding tax

‘Actively farmed’ land set to be excluded as government faces growing rural backlash

Charlie McConalogue: The Minister for Agriculture has written to ministers asking for efforts to be made to exclude ‘actively farmed’ land. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The government is planning a new exemption from the land hoarding tax for farmers to quell a growing rural backlash.

The residential zoned land tax of 3 per cent per year is designed to release up to 25,000 acres of zoned housing land which has not been built on.

However, there has been a backlash from farmers with zoned housing land who want to continue farming on it.

Charlie McConalogue, the Minister for Agriculture, has ...