Government Won't Oppose New Dáil Motion On Turf Harvesting Rights

An independent TD is putting forward the proposal today.

People with turf harvesting rights should be exempt from upcoming solid fuel regulations.

That's according to a motion being put before the Dáil later by Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

He's calling for turf to be recognised as an affordable soild fuel that many people depend on.

The government has indicated it won't oppose the motion, but Environment Minister Eamon Ryan will outline some difficulties with aspects of it later.

Deputy Fitzmaurice says the exemptions he's proposing make sense:

The motion is also 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 Roscommon-Galway deputy says news that government won't oppose the motion's welcome:

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