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Potential impact of peat harvesting restrictions raised again

Jun 28, 2021 16:06 By News Northern Sound
Potential impact of peat harvesting restrictions raised again Potential impact of peat harvesting restrictions raised again
Minister of State Senator Pippa Hackett and Senator Robbie Gallagher.
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It's feared there could be knock-on consequences for local jobs.

Restrictions on the use of peat moss in the horticulture industry has been described as "cutting off your nose to spite your face".

The issue was raised in the Seanad again today, with local Senator Robbie Gallagher warning jobs in the region could be at risk.

Peat moss is used particularly in the mushroom industry, one of the largest employers in the region.

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While the harvesting of peat isn't banned in Ireland, harvesters are required to meet new criteria which were introduced last year but this has limited the amount of peat harvested in Ireland.

Senator Robbie Gallagher said some local businesses feel they are being forced to import peat moss from abroad because the alternatives are too expensive.

Minister of State Senator Pippa Hackett says there are other alternatives:

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