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Ireland: Peat extraction for horticultural use allowed under new bill

A new bill was introduced to the Seanad this week, allowing the extraction of Irish peat for horticultural use in the near future. The Horticultural Peat (Temporary Measures) Bill 2021, which was introduced by Senator Regina Doherty as part of a Just Transition, will end the horticultural sector’s reliance on expensive imported peat. The bill comes after no alternative to Irish peat could be found as a horticultural growing medium, and outlines specific provisions for peat extraction for a temporary period for this purpose.

Senator Doherty also said that importing peat has extremely high monetary and environmental costs and that the price paid by growers for foreign peat is much more expensive than what they would pay for Irish peat.


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