The Rural Ireland Organisation (RIO), led by north Mayo man Gerry Loftus, is fighting for the right to cut turf.

A public meeting on the issue will take place tomorrow evening (Thursday) in Hiney's, Crossmolina, at 8.45 pm.

This is ahead of a planned protest march in Dublin on June 18, scheduled to start at 1 pm. at the Garden of Remembrance and proceeding to the Dáil.

The capital march is being organised by a coalition made up of Sinn Fein, People Before Profit, RIO, and nine other organisations.

RIO has accused the government of cynically using a health issue to ban the sale of turf, saying there has not been enough research done on the matter.

Gerry Loftus claims that the real culprits are big corporations who are not being penalised while ordinary people are targeted with turf bans and extra carbon taxes without any alternatives to fossil fuels being provided by the state.

Speaking to Midwest Radio’s John Morley, Gerry encouraged all workers, families, farmers and small business owners to support the Dublin protest next month…

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