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Civil society groups call for Ireland’s new Taoiseach to ratchet up climate action

Environmental and civil society groups have called for the new Taoiseach to ratchet up Ireland’s climate action in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, TD was elected as the next Fine Gael leader and taoiseach-in-waiting yesterday, less than 24 hours after Mr Trump’s announcement that puts the US in …

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Irish Politicians extremely concerned by Trump’s Paris Agreement decision

June 1st, 2017 President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement has been met with concern and disappointment across the Irish political spectrum. Following the announcement late yesterday evening, Minister for Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten expressed his disappointment and concern with the decision. “This is a major setback for the international community and it is essential …

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Workers and communities must be protected in ‘just transition’ to carbon-free future

May 31st, 2017 Policymakers have ignored the potential impact on jobs of moving toward a low-carbon economy, which could lead to a “chaotic” restructuring harming communities dependent on carbon-based technologies, a new report has found. The report, commissioned by IMPACT trade union, calls on the Government to put policy in place to offset any potential negative impact on employment from …