The Minister for Higher Education  says he believes a solution can be found on the proposal to ban the sale of turf.

The plan, put forward by Environment Minister Eamon Ryan, has angered rural backbench Fine Gael and Fianna Fail TDs.

Draft regulations are currently being worked on, and the Taoiseach has said the ban won't affect the sale of turf in rural Ireland.

Mayo Fine Gael Deputy Michael Ring says the Government is working to ensure a fair resolution on the proposals, that will protect the rights of the people of rural Ireland.

In a statement to Midwest News, Deputy Ring says he fully understands the stress and worry this issue has caused many people, and says he and his colleagues in FG are committed to ensuring there will be no end to traditional turf practices.

He says retrofitting of homes is a key tool in reducing energy use and bills, but the National Retrofitting Scheme was only introduced in February this year, and the huge scale of the works required to retrofit homes will mean time is needed for the transition.

Deputy Ring says the use of turf is needed now, and will be needed into the future, as there are no alternative sources readily available to replace turf.

The Mayo TD says they will be meeting with Minister Eamon Ryan again to discuss the issue over the coming weeks, while Higher Education Minister Simon Harris says he's confident a way forward can be found.....


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