Donegal TD claims there will be no change on the sale of turf without government approval

A Donegal TD says there will be no change to the way turf is sold or distributed without approval being provided by the cabinet and TD’s


Fine Gael Deputy Joe McHugh voted against the Sinn Fein motion this week calling for the ban on the commercial sales of turf to be scrapped.


The decision taken by rural Fianna Fail and Fine Gael TD’s not to break ranks with the government TD’s has angered many voters in their respective constituencies.


Speaking to Ocean FM News on the issue, the Donegal based TD says the timing, and the way the matter was communicated by Minister Ryan was not ideal.


Deputy McHugh says proper consultation initially did not take place and the way the proposed ban was communicated to the general was bad for politics.


The former minister for education went on to add that the timing of such a move could not have been worse with the rising cost of living and in particular the sharp increases in the price of coal and home heating oil.


He says there should be no bans imposed on the use of turf until such time as there is a proper and effective retrofitting programme in place that will help insulate and heat homes.