The case against two men for cutting turf on protected bogs on the Galway/Roscommon border nine years ago has been thrown out at Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

The court heard that the State wished to enter a nolle prosequi in the case against Patrick Lavin of Frenchpark, Co Roscommon, and Thomas Ward of Gort an tSléibhe, Claregalway.

Counsel for the DPP Conal McCarthy told the court that the State would not be putting forward any witnesses.

Both men pleaded not guilty in 2015 to cutting turf on Ballymoe Bog on the Galway/Roscommon border in June 2013.

Chairperson of the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association and Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has welcomed the decision by the State to drop proceedings.

But, he said, it was not about winners or losers and going forward it was important to build on the constructive engagement between turf cutters and National Parks and Wildlife Service over the past five years.

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