Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue is to move to ban fur farming in Ireland.
The Donegal TD will today seek cabinet approval to implement a prohibition on the practice, as well as to provide for a scheme of compensation for the small number of fur farms currently operating.
There are three fur farms in Ireland containing more than 100,000 mink including one outside Glenties.
A compensation scheme for fur farmers is also expected to be brought before Cabinet.
The commitment to prohibit the breeding of mink solely for their fur is in the programme for Government.
The ban is not expected to begin until early in 2022 allowing the farmers to see out the 2021 season.