Government should remove ban on commercial peat harvesting – report

Irish Times | Nov 25, 2021 at 2:06 AM
  • The Government has been advised in a new report that it should legislate to remove a ban on commercial peat harvesting, potentially for the next 14 years.
  • The final report of the Working Group to review the use of peat moss in horticulture, commissioned by Minister for Heritage Malcolm Noonan, makes a number of recommendations aimed at supporting jobs in the industry.
  • Commercial peat harvesting was effectively banned by the High Court in 2019, which found large-scale harvesting required planning permission as well as a licence from the EPA, and detailed environmental impact assessments, required under EU law.