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Agriculture Minister Says 'Common Sense' Approach Towards Sale Of Turf Is Needed

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The Green party have retreated on a cutting ban in rural Ireland.

The Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue says a 'common sense' approach is needed to the sale and distribution of turf.

It comes after the Energy Minister is seemingly rowing back on proposed new laws to ban it, with Eamon Ryan now saying it won't apply to rural communities of fewer than 500 people.

The Green Party leader had previously confirmed the move to ban the sale and supply of turf from September 1st.

Eamon Ryan had been on a collision course with his coalition party colleagues but now insists no one is going to 'arrest your granny for burning the wrong fuel'.

There'd been clashes between the coalition parties over the issue but Minister Ryan says it won't be a case of inspectors going into cottages and 'sifting through the grate'.

Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue says a balance needs to be found between environmental progress and traditional practices:



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