SF announces Dáil motion to scrap ban on selling turf

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Sinn Féin has announced it will bring forward a motion in the Dáil next week to scrap the upcoming ban on selling turf.

The ban is due to come into effect from this September and the party argues it would hit rural communities with no other heating options.

Speaking today as she announced the motion, Roscommon-Galway TD Claire Kerrane said the ban is ‘unfair, unworkable and will punish rural communities’.

“There is a cost of living crisis across the country, as energy bills have sky-rocketed and put real pressure on people’s pockets,” said Deputy Kerrane.

“Turf has been one of the only forms of heating not to see prices spiral in recent months.

“The Government’s proposed plan punishes communities who rely on turf, instead of introducing measures to support communities in transitioning away from this form of heating in a way that is fair and sustainable.

“Our motion would end this unfair ban and ensure rural communities are treated fairly. I am calling on all TDs to back our motion next week.”