Turf Wars: ‘Dried Mud’ for sale in joking protest at Eamon Ryan’s proposed ban on peat

A businessman is promoting his peat logs as “mud” in a “tongue-in-cheek” protest at a proposed ban on the sale of peat and other fossil fuels.

ric McNulty, who owns and operates a petrol station, shop and fuel store in the town of Hospital, County Limerick, advertises “sacks of decorative hardened Irish mud for sale” and says it is “for ornamental use only – not for burning in the fire”.

A banner on a shopping cart outside his store also reads, “The Eamon Ryan Winter Trolley: He wants to ban everything here so get your gas now before he bans it.”

When asked about it, Mr McNulty said: “It’s a wagon full of wood, turf, kindling, briquettes, gas – it’s just a tongue-in-cheek thing as we get into winter.”

However, Mr McNulty claimed Environment Secretary Ryan’s proposed ban on turf sales will hit his business and customers hard when the colder weather hits.

“But joking aside, the politicians are trying to ban absolutely everything I’m selling at the moment and you can only take so much of it,” Mr McNulty said.

Ironically, Mr McNulty is qualified to work in the field of renewable energy and said he understands Ireland must aim to meet its targets to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

But he argued that the government had little or “no alternatives” to fossil fuels and “lacked the infrastructure” to incentivize a switch from diesel and petrol vehicles to electric vehicles.

“What I find funny is that the government is trying to get people to move away from burning fossil fuels, which I understand and admire and totally understand, but there is no alternative.

“They closed the peat production plants last year and are now importing briquettes from Latvia and Germany, which aren’t as good quality as Irish briquettes, so they’re actually increasing our carbon footprint.”

Mr McNulty said he agreed that renewable energy “is the future but is not feasible at the moment”.

“It’s utter madness. They jumped into all of this with two legs and have no alternatives,” he added.

“They want fires to be a thing of the past, but they don’t plan enough for the future.”

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