Government survives Dail turf vote

The government last night survived a Dáil vote to scrap an upcoming ban on the commercial sale of turf.

Sinn Fein’s motion also called for the upcoming carbon tax increase to be abandoned and for the temporary removal of excise duty on home heating oil.

Rural TDs in Fianna Fail and Fine Gael voted with the government, despite voicing their anger at the turf ban in recent days.

Speaking to his parliamentary party prior to the vote, the Taoiseach said no proposals will affect traditional turf practices or the sharing of turf in rural Ireland.

But Fianna Fail Senator Eugene Murphy says last night’s Sinn Fein motion was a set-up.

“You have to realise that over the past 36 hours that there have been meetings with Eamonn Ryan, there has been clarification on certain issues.

“The Dail vote basically was a set up to embarrass the Government, there was nothing concrete in it.

“I think from a Fianna Fáil perspective, and I think from Fine Gael as well, that we will be engaging with the Minister in terms of the legislation, and ensuring what we want in there. That will be looked after.”


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