Despite issuing no formal legal proceedings, their mere threat of a date in the High Court has thrown the Government's plans for a nationwide smoky coal ban into disarray. The option of extending the ban not only nationwide but to all smoky fuels so the three coal companies would not feel victimised was not very palatable either. The number using coal was 86,611 - a 9pc increase on 2011. There were almost 23,200 with no central heating, presumably solely reliant on open fires and some were most likely using peat. He will also suggest running a public consultation to seek views on whether a full smoky fuel ban should be introduced.
Source: Irish Independent December 10, 2019 02:37 UTC