New regulations around the sale of turf and smoky coal have been welcomed by the Fine Gael Parliamentary party.

At a meeting this evening, the party was told by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister of State Peter Burke that the solution will see the smoky coal ban extended, but traditional turf practices can continue.

The regulations, which are set to be signed into law in the coming days, will allow people with turf cutting rights to sell that turf or to gift it to others.

However, turf sales cannot be advertised and it cannot be sold in retail settings.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Micheál Martin told a meeting of his party tonight that the regulations will have no effect on the cutting or burning of turf by those with turf-cutting rights.

The main aim of the Solid Fuel Regulations is to bring an end to the sale of smoky coal, which is the main contributor to air pollution in Ireland, he said.

Air pollution causes between 1,300 and 1,400 deaths every year.

Earlier this year, draft regulations sparked fury within Government and more than a dozen rural TDs threatened to oppose them.

Separately, Mr Varadkar told his party that yesterday was a good day for Fine Gael and for the Government.

He said the passing of the confidence vote by 19 votes was significant and the Government can pass a Budget and go full term.