• The IFA is calling for a full investigation to be carried out into recent wildfires, and says those responsible should face the full rigours of the law.

    The farming organisation made the call following a massive fire in the National Park in Killarney at the weekend, while a number of gorse fires also occurred in Co Mayo over the past week.

    The IFA says burning outside of the dates set down in legislation should not happen, and if a farmer's land is burned outside of the season - through no fault of their own - the farmer risks losing their payments.

    They're appeal to everyone - farmers, recreational users and the general public - to be extremely vigilant, because of the current weather conditions.

    Earlier this week, the Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan announced the doubling of Conservation Rangers in the National Parks and Wildlife Service, as part of an emergency response to the devastating fire in Killarney and Mayo over the past week.

    Minister Noonan appealed to anyone with information about any of these fires to contact their local NPWS office or the Gardai.