Progress has been made in compensation and relocation for turf cutters in Roscommonm according to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD. The Minister confirmed that more than €1.1 million had now been paid to turf cutters on bogs that were in whole or in part located in the county and designated as Special Areas of Conservation. Close to 950 applications have been received from turf cutters on these bogs. Of the 53 raised bogs nationally that have been nominated for designation as Special Areas of Conversation (SACs), 14 of these sites are wholly or partly in Roscommon. Potential relocation sites have been identified for nine bogs located in the county. To date, 46 deliveries of turf to homes have been made in Roscommon and under the Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme, affected turf cutters who are eligible for the scheme receive a total of €23,000, index linked and tax free, over the course of the scheme.