Farmers remain wary of wandering hill walkers following the judgement to award one €40,000 for her injuries from a fall in Wicklow Way in 2013. Despite the accident happening on property owned by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the IFA and ICSA suggested that farmers should be worried. Mountaineering Ireland disagreed, stating that “Most structures provided for use by recreational users that are on private land, such as stiles, bridges and boardwalks are part of managed trails where there is an insurance policy in place to indemnify landowners” and that if a farmer builds a stile for their own use and even if it is used by hill walkers, the duty of care remains minimal. Read more here. The High Court is set to rule on an appeal on the decision in the coming weeks.
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