County Councils should receive funding to survey trees for ash dieback, and to remove trees that are affected by the disease.

That's according to Mayo Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan, who's confirmed that such trees could pose a risk to road safety, and could lead to serious accidents.

Ash dieback is a chronic fungal disease of ash trees that's prevalent across the island of Ireland, and can be fatal particularly for younger trees.

At this week's meeting of Mayo County Council, a motion was agreed calling for a new scheme whereby local authorities would receive funding to carry out a survey of trees across their area, and remove those posing a danger.

Speaking to Midwest News, Councillor Ryan said the large-scale removal of trees will change the landscape considerably, but the road  network needs to be protected...

 

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