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 @aiden_corkery
10th December, 2019
Ministers ‘lack bottle’ to ban smoky coal, claims Martin
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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