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Roscommon TD calls for clarity over new turf regulations

Nov 1, 2022 13:07 By Shannonside News
Roscommon TD calls for clarity over new turf regulations
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New regulations on the sale and use of turf came into force yesterday with local councils tasked with enforcing the new measures.

A Roscommon TD is calling for clarity over reports those who burn turf excessively could face fines or possible jail terms.

New regulations on the sale and use of turf came into force yesterday with local councils tasked with enforcing the new measures.

However, under the air pollution act those who are deemed to be causing significant level of air pollution and causing a 'nuisance to neighbours' can face a two year jail sentence or a 13,000 euro fine.

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Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has described the measure as the sting in the tail and he believes it's unacceptable and unenforceable.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show the turf contractor stated he will be raising the issue when the Dail returns next week however he assured anyone with turbary rights that they can continue to cut give and sell turf.

"If you want a turf bank you can cut it, sell it, or give it. That's not the part, the part that has came in in the last piece is if somebody beside you feels that you are a nuisance, be it through smoke or other reason, they can ring the local authority. There's going to be a council person in every county flying around between A and B, looking up and seeing if there's a problem coming from chimney".

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