Eamon Ryan is trying to settle the controversy over his peat cutting ban ahead of a vote in the Dáil chamber.
The Green Party leader holds meetings with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael backbenchers ahead of a Sinn Féin debate on the ban.
In the turf war, the climate minister bowed to pressure from his coalition colleagues.
TDs and coalition senators have been invited to meet with the minister at his office to discuss the draft smoke fuel regulations.
“Minister Ryan looks forward to meeting you,” the invitation reads.
Fianna Fáil is invited at 4pm with Fine Gael at 5pm.
Sinn Féin’s Dáil movement begins at 5:40 p.m. on the Dáil.
The move comes after a furious backlash from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael rural backbenchers and rising tensions in the coalition.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the peat sales ban, which is due to come into effect in September, will be suspended.
In an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent, the Green Party leader revealed that small rural communities of fewer than 500 people are exempt from a controversial ban on selling and giving away peat.
The Sinn Féin motion condemns the government’s failure to take any action to address rising heating oil costs, “and the recently announced proposals to ban the sale of peat at a time when alternative heating options are either unaffordable or unavailable ‘, in the midst of an energy crisis, when people are getting cold in their homes.
The proposal will put coalition backbenchers in a difficult position, with the risk that some government TDs would not vote against it.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/eamon-ryan-meets-with-fianna-fail-and-fine-gael-on-turf-ban-today-before-sinn-fein-debate-41585319.html Eamon Ryan meets with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on the turf ban today – ahead of the Sinn Féin debate