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Good times.

High-flying junior minister publicly backs turf rebels (Extra.ie)

“I’ll be perfectly honest, I‘ll be looking at the science there to make sure, are we absolutely certain that those peat briquettes, because of the way they are processed, because of they way they burn, are below the 10 micrograms of pollution that is put out into the atmosphere.

Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan (top), last night during a dail debate on the sale of turf


…via RTÉ News:

a spokesperson for the Minister insisted that it is not envisaged peat briquettes would be banned from September.

They pointed out Bord na Móna has already said that its briquettes will comply with the ten grams per hour emissions rate.

However, they said all briquette producers are likely to be asked for proof to show that they are in compliance with the new regulations.

Ryan says peat briquettes could be included in smoky fuel ban (RTE)


This morning.

Via RTE News:

The issue is causing great unease among TDs from rural constituencies in both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

In a robust exchange of views at meetings with each of those parties yesterday, Minister for the Environment Eamonn Ryan insisted that the regulations will focus only on the large-scale commercial sales and not on the traditional use of turf in rural areas.

However, those words have not reassured many in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael who already rejected a proposal to allow the sale of turf in small communities with a population of less than 500 people.

…Despite the concern of government TDs, it is not expected that they will break ranks with the Coalition in tonight’s vote.

Dáil to vote on Sinn Féin motion to scrap new turf restrictions (RTE)

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

This morning.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan arrives for cabinet.


…via Irish Examiner:

Eamon Ryan’s watering down of a proposed ban on the sale of turf still does not go far enough according to a Fianna Fáil TD.

The Green Party leader has now suggested that small rural communities of under 500 people will be exempt from a ban on the sale of turf, which is due to come into force in September.

…He is now due to meet a number of Fianna Fáil members today, including Barry Cowen, in a bid to ease tensions and hammer out an agreement.

Mr Cowen said the proposal to allow villages and areas with a population of less than 500 continue to burn turn sods is “senseless” as it won’t cater for relationships that exist between the commercial cutter and those families that need a supply that do not have their own resource.

I could point to 10 or 11 villages and towns in Offaly, for example, that have a population of over 500 where there are pockets of them dependent on turf for their heating, for their water, for their cooking even, so they are a vulnerable cohort that just can’t be cut adrift.”

Barry Cowen among dissenting TDs challenging minister Eamon Ryan over proposed turf ban (Irish Examiner)

Sam Boal/RollingNews


This morning.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

The Minister for the Environment and Climate Action Eamon Ryan arrives for cabinet following his disclosure yesterday that  turf-selling will be banned from September 1.

Mr Ryan said that families would still be allowed to cut peat from traditional plots for domestic use but selling the peat will be prohibited.

he told the dail:

“This approach will facilitate those with turbary rights to continue to cut and burn sod peat for their own domestic purposes, while also reducing the use of sod peat in urban areas,”

Sam Boal/RollingNews

Yesterday: Turf-Exclusionary

Illegal turf.

Peat’s sake.

Minister Eamon Ryan to ban sale and distribution of turf (Independent.ie)



Bleedin’ loco.

Station, anyone?