'Bags of decorative mud for sale' - Limerick garage finds a way around turf ban

By Fiona Frawley

September 15, 2022 at 10:43am

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The bags of decorative hardened Irish mud are for sale at McNulty's Fuels in Hospital, Limerick.

Shop and filling station owner Eric McNulty has found a way around the ban on the sale of peat and other fossil fuels.

In a tongue-in-cheek protest to the proposed ban, McNulty has set up "The Eamon Ryan Winter Trolley" outside his Hospital filling station, stocked up with kindling, turf and briquettes.

Via Facebook/McNulty's Fuels Hospital

The sign attached to the turf, or "decorative Irish mud" advises that it's for "ornamental use only" and "not to be burned in fire".

Via Facebook/McNulty's Fuels Hospital
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Another sign reads "He wants to outlaw everything on here so buy your fuel now before he bans it!"

As per the Independent, McNulty said that Environment Minister Mr Ryan's proposed ban on the sale of turf will hit his business and his customers hard as the colder weather sets in.

“Joking aside though, the politicians are trying to ban absolutely everything that I am selling at the moment and you can only take so much of that,” he said.

He said that while he understands Ireland must try to meet its requirements of halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050, the Government have offered no alternatives to fossil fuel and do not have the infrastructure to incentivise a switch from petrol and diesel to electric cars.

He agreed that while renewable energy "is the future", it is "not feasible" for the moment.

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Header image via Facebook/McNulty's Fuels Hospital 

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