The Irish Times reviews…
Proposals to rework Ireland’s State-owned bogs into huge hashish farms have gone up in smoke, it has emerged.
Bord na Móna final 12 months held conferences with then minister for well being Simon Harris after which minister of State for pure sources Seán Canney about giving over hundreds of hectares of its landbank to cultivating marijuana for medical use.
A feasibility research was ordered into whether or not farming the drug might substitute conventional turf-cutting by the semi-State physique, which is present process a “Brown to Green” technique to modify to a low-carbon, sustainable enterprise mannequin.
However, the corporate has confirmed it’s shelving the plan for the foreseeable future because it prioritises different tasks – similar to re-wetting bogs – in an try to safeguard lots of of jobs, principally in the midlands, over the approaching years.
A key stumbling block in the proposal – which was supported by each Mr Harris and Mr Canney – are the regulatory approvals that may have to be secured to provide markets each at dwelling and abroad.
Mr Canney, Independent TD for Galway East, described the “mothballing” of the plans as disappointing however added that he was assured current tasks on the semi-State would safeguard workers for the quick time period.