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Turf Ban To Target Built-Up Areas, Says Midlands Junior Minister

The Offaly senator says the government's strategy is about improving air quality, not punishing those who rely on turf.

The government will be targeting built-up areas with its new turf ban - according to a midlands junior minister.

The Green Party's Pippa Hackett has been defending the Environment Minister's handling of the new proposals to ban the sale and distribution of turf from September.

It's emerged Eamon Ryan initially failed to clarify that the regulations are still being drafted - something Minister Hackett described as "a misfortunate event".

The Offaly senator says the government's strategy is about improving air quality, not punishing those who rely on turf.

She says the regulations have yet to be finalised, but those in less dense areas will likely remain unaffected:

The Junior Minister for Agriculture is confident the current government will deliver an air quality strategy for the country.

She claims successive governments have tried and failed to deliver such a strategy.

She added that 1,300 people die in Ireland every year from air pollution, largely from solid fuel burning.

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