Minister Eamon Ryan bans sale and distribution of peat


Environment Secretary Eamon Ryan wants to ban the sale of peat under the new solid fuel rules.

The leader of the Green Party outlined the move in response to a parliamentary question from Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin.

Asked by the Kerry TD whether people can continue to cut and sell peat after September 2022, when new solid fuel regulations are due to come into force, Minister Ryan said: “You [the new regulations] needed as around 1,300 people in Ireland die prematurely every year from air pollution caused by burning solid fuels. Research conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency also shows that peat’s contribution to air pollution is significant.

“Mowing lawns by citizens for use in their own homes is a traditional activity in many peatlands and while action is needed to reduce emissions associated with peat burning, these traditions are respected.

“Therefore, in order to accommodate those who have the right to harvest sod peat, no ban on cutting or burning is introduced, but a legal provision is made to prohibit the placing on the market, sale or distribution of sod peat.

“As such, persons who have turbary rights may continue to extract peat to heat their own homes, but they may not place it on the market for sale or distribution to others.”

Roscommon-Galway TD and Chairman of the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association Michael Fitzmaurice has branded the decision to ban the sale of sod peat, commonly known as peat, as “madness”.

He says the “unprecedented move” will create “significant unease” among TDs in the country, including those from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

“Are we going down the path where a person with an elderly neighbor supplies them with a load of peat for free or at extra cost that they could do for peat distribution?

“Are we really going to label generous neighbors the same way we label drug dealers: property with intent to deliver?

“At a time of war in Europe and rising energy prices, Minister Ryan thinks it right to prevent afflicted people from being able to buy a couple of peat trailers to warm up next winter. This inexcusable act of government encroachment must be resisted.” Minister Eamon Ryan bans sale and distribution of peat

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