Would somebody, in Dail Eireann, Plug this Ryan Gobshite out; It is Alleged, Ryan threatens to bring in the Army, to Stop the people in Rural Ireland, Burning Turf??

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Rural fury over ‘appalling’ plan to ban the sale of turf

 14th April 2022

Rural communities have reacted angrily to Government proposals to ban the sale and distribution of turf from September of this year.

 It was revealed on Monday that a ban on the sale and distribution of turf will be introduced from September 1 under proposed new regulations on solid fuels.

Environment Minister Eamon Ryan said the new provision will ‘prohibit the placing on the market, sale or distribution of sod peat’.Environment Minister Eamon Ryan said the new provision will ‘prohibit the placing on the market, sale or distribution of sod peat’. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Environment Minister Eamon Ryan said the new provision will ‘prohibit the placing on the market, sale or distribution of sod peat’. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

However, an individual’s turbary rights – the ancient right to dig, cut and carry away turf on a bog to use as fuel for one’s house – will not be affected.

Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan said there is disbelief and anger in local communities about the plan.

She said we are now seeing a ‘creeping criminalisation’ of turf-cutting.Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan said there is disbelief and anger in local communities about the plan. Pic: RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan said there is disbelief and anger in local communities about the plan. Pic: RollingNews.ie

‘Are we really at the stage where a rural family with a sign outside their property advertising the sale of a few bags of turf are to be treated as eco-criminals?’ she asked.

‘This is grossly disproportionate and unjust, and it needs to be resisted immediately from every rural and indeed every urban TD within the Government.’

She added: ‘There is a fundamental lack of trust in anything Mr Ryan has to say when it comes to protecting traditional turf-cutting practices.’A ban on the sale and distribution of turf will be introduced from September 1 under proposed new regulations on solid fuels. Pic: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie A ban on the sale and distribution of turf will be introduced from September 1 under proposed new regulations on solid fuels. Pic: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Independent Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who is also chairman of the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association, claimed the new rules will prevent people from giving bags of turf to neighbours and friends. ‘It’s the same wording as what’s put in for drugs. It is actually appalling,’ he said.

Mr Fitzmaurice also told Newstalk: ‘If I have an 85-year-old neighbour down the road who doesn’t have a turbary right, and I, out of the goodness of my heart, say I’m going to help Mary or Johnny down the road, I am putting it on the market.’

He added that we are in a ‘wartime situation’ where people are already struggling to buy oil to heat their homes because it costs so much.Independent Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who is also chairman of the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association, claimed the new rules will prevent people from giving bags of turf to neighbours and friends. Pic: Tom Honan© Provided by Extra.ie Independent Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who is also chairman of the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association, claimed the new rules will prevent people from giving bags of turf to neighbours and friends. Pic: Tom Honan

The clampdown by Mr Ryan emerged from a written Dáil question by Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin, who asked whether people could cut and sell turf after 2022.

Mr Ryan said the ban was required as ‘each year some 1,300 people die prematurely in Ireland due to air pollution from solid fuel burning’.

Callers to RTÉ’s Liveline also criticised the Green Party leader’s plans on Monday, with many saying he is out of touch with rural Ireland.Eamon Ryan wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Eamon Ryan said the ban was required as ‘each year some 1,300 people die prematurely in Ireland due to air pollution from solid fuel burning’. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Eamon Ryan said the ban was required as ‘each year some 1,300 people die prematurely in Ireland due to air pollution from solid fuel burning’. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

Caller Tom, from Galway, said: ‘I will not stop burning turf. We light the fire at night and it heats upstairs. I have no alternative. It is our right to burn turf to heat our homes.’

John Sodeau, An Taisce climate ambassador and professor emeritus at UCC, told the programme that inhaling particles from turf burning can cause health problems including cancer, miscarriage and dementia and ‘can lead to premature death’.

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