Peat briquettes will not be included in new regulations banning the sale of smoky fuels this year, according to the Taoiseach.

It follows Environment Minister Eamon Ryan's suggestions it could feature in a sales ban from September if they're found to produce excess pollution.

The comment has drawn criticism from coalition backbenchers, given they're currently below a safety standard threshold.

Galway West Fianna Fail TD, Éamon Ó Cuív, believes imported peat briquettes could be targetted

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