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Ministers ‘lack bottle’ to ban smoky coal, claims Martin

Fianna Fáil leader accuses government of ‘ducking and diving’ in face of legal threats

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

10th December, 2019
Micheál Martin told the Leo Varadkar that the government was allowing itself to be intimidated. Picture: AFP/Getty

The government “lacks the bottle” to stand up to vested interests and push ahead with a nationwide ban on smoky coal, Micheál Martin has said.

Since 2013, a series of ministers have proposed to extend the ban on smoky coal that already exists in large towns and cities to the rest of the country.

A number of coal firms from outside the state have threatened to challenge such a move on...

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