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Local Junior Minister feels new turf rules are a good compromise for everyone

Jul 15, 2022 13:07 By Shannonside News
Local Junior Minister feels new turf rules are a good compromise for everyone Local Junior Minister feels new turf rules are a good compromise for everyone
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The new rules are understood to be made legally binding on October 31st.

A Longford/Westmeath TD believes a reasonable compromise has been made with the Greens to ensure the cutting and selling of turf can continue.

New draft legislation states bog owners will still be allowed to cut, gift or sell turf however its advertising and retail sale is to be banned from the end of October.

Minister Peter Burke who led discussions on the party's revised regulations says Fine Gael felt it was wrong to impede people who had long-standing arrangements for buying turf.

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The Minister for the Environment has denied there was a Green Party climbdown on the new rules with a smokey coal ban extended across the entire country.

Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show the Planning Minister says he understands turf is a necessity for some people in rural Ireland:

"The government, particularly the Fine Gael side, was very clear, that it is a diminishing practice, but it is a very necessary practice for many people in rural Ireland who have no alternative in a very difficult supply chain crisis now for energy as we face into next winter.

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We need to support people and give them the option to continue burning turf because people will suffer otherwise.

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