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Councils should not have to enforce turf advertising rules: Local Councillor

Aug 23, 2022 13:08 By Shannonside News
Councils should not have to enforce turf advertising rules: Local Councillor Councils should not have to enforce turf advertising rules: Local Councillor
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The Leitrim Councillor fears new turf rules will damage relationships between councils and the public.

County Councils should not be put in the position to enforce new rules around the advertising of turf for sale according to a local councillor.

Turf sales in retail outlets, local newspapers and online will be penalised from this winter onwards.

New rules under the Air Pollution Act will come into effect on October 31st with local authorities tasked with enforcing the clampdown.

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According to the Irish Independent, new legislation and regulations are being drawn up to allow councils the power to ensure compliance.

Leitrim Councillor Brendan Barry believes it should not be the responsibility of council staff to investigate and penalise breaches of this legislation.

The Sinn Fein Councillor believes that such a move would degrade strong working relationships between councils and the public:

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Leitrim County council tries to work with the community for the betterment of the county.

While they will enforce the laws of the land, I can't see them going in and checking peoples social media and going in and trying to be a heavy hand of the law.

The harvesting of turf is going on generations and I would hope that common sense would prevail.

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