Coalition tries to maintain steady footing as turf row continues to smoulder

Opposition and some backbench government TDs remain opposed to policy on turf sales despite Ryan softening forthcoming ban

While the sale of turf is declining, it is still commonplace in many rural towns. Picture: Eamonn Farrell/

The turf war that began over Easter is continuing to cause difficulties for the government.

Eamon Ryan, the Minister for the Environment, made a move last weekend to soften the forthcoming ban on commercial turf sales.

This was in response to a backlash from rural Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael backbenchers, who argued that it would cause hardship for rural households who depended on buying turf to heat their homes.

Ryan is now planning to ...