Photo credit: Right - Gript, Left - Pixabay

“Spectacular reversal”: Government u-turn on peat welcomed

Activists and TDs have welcomed the recommendation that peat harvesting in Ireland be resumed in 2022, after a public outcry greeted the sudden closure of Irish operations and the subsequent importation of both peat moss and peat briquettes into the country.

The Irish Independent reported this morning that “the Government’s working group is expected to call for the resumption of peat harvesting in 2022”, adding that “it is critical to the horticultural sector that peat harvesting resumes for the next season commencing in March.”

“The report acknowledges that the continued importation of horticultural peat is unacceptable environmentally and economically, and that while the industry must transition its peat usage by moving to alternatives by 2030-35, viable alternatives are currently unavailable.”

“Immediate action by Government to publish and act on the recommendations of the independent working group it appointed will go some way in protecting the 17,000 jobs across Ireland’s horticultural sector which are currently at risk,” the report will say.

Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan has said that she will be immediately engaging with the office of the Minister for Heritage & Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, following the “spectacular reversal of current peat harvesting policy for the sector.”

“If confirmed, these recommendations will go some considerable way in pulling the horticultural sector, and the 17,000 jobs that it creates in rural Ireland, back from the brink of collapse,” Deputy Nolan said.

“It is just tragic that it took so long to get this inevitable point, however.£

“Indeed, the governments approach has been a bit like someone driving the family car, crashing it, and only then deciding to take driving lessons on how to drive safely or sensibly.”

“We have had the utterly ludicrous situation of peat imports being brought in at an environmental and economic cost that could not be justified. That situation clearly has to end,” she said.

She called for clatrity on the volume of peat to be harvested and said that people needed guarantees that the sector would not be brought to the brink of collapse again.

“We must have clarity around the volumes of peat that can be harvested, and we must have clarity and absolute assurances that the government will not bring the sector to the edge of ruin once again,” the Independent TD said.

“This whole episode has been a total disaster and one that has totally exposed the detached and unrealistic ‘ambition’ of this governments climate related policies.”

“It is about time that this government woke up and realised that. It has to come back to the real world, as these reported recommendations make embarrassingly clear” concluded Deputy Nolan.

Share mdi-share-variant mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-printer mdi-chevron-left Prev Next mdi-chevron-right Related
Comments are open

The biggest problem Ireland faces right now is:

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...