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Local TD hopes new motion will clarify turf ban confusion

May 5, 2022 13:05 By Shannonside News
Local TD hopes new motion will clarify turf ban confusion Local TD hopes new motion will clarify turf ban confusion
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While the Environment Minister is said to have an issue with the motion, Government will not oppose it.

A local TD hopes a motion he is bringing before the Dail later will clarify much of the confusion surrounding proposals to discontinue the sale and supply of turf.

The government confirmed last week that people would still be able to buy sold fuel to heat their homes this autumn, but plans to crack down on large scale commercial operations will continue through the Oireachtas.

The proposed legislation had raised several issues of concerns among people with turbary rights to cut turf, as well as people who previously gave up bogs as special areas of conservation and received compensation from the state.

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Michael Fitzmaurice is urging government to place turf on the same regulatory footing as timber and peat briquettes for "a reasonable period" which would ensure a ban's no longer necessary.

The motion tonight will not be opposed by Government, but it is understood that Environment Minister Eamon Ryan does have concerns over some aspects of the proposal.

It will also have no legal standing.

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Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show, Deputy Fitzmaurice believes people cannot afford to let the issue drift away in the coming months:

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