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Small Rural Communities To Be Exempt From New Turf Ban

Eamon Ryan says there's been major misinformation that the State would "arrest your granny for burning the wrong fuel". 

Rural communities with populations of under 500 people are to be exempt from new laws banning the sale and distribution of turf. 

After a clash with his government colleagues on the issue, the Environment Minister says that the ban, due to come into force on September 1st, will focus on commercial and retail activities. 

In an interview with the Irish Independent, Eamon Ryan says there has been major misinformation and disinformation that the State would "arrest your granny for burning the wrong fuel". 

He added that inspectors will "not be sent out to police the sale of turf".

The Agriculture Minister says a "common sense" approach is needed to the sale and distribution of turf. 

Minister Charlie McConalogue says a balance needs to be found between environmental progress and traditional practices:

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