Environmental Pillar’s submission to the Citizen’s Assembly

August 14th, 2017 The Irish Citizens Assembly will be putting deliberative democracy to the test very soon in relation to Ireland’s implementation of environmental policy. The Assembly closed submissions for ‘How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change’ last Friday. The Environmental Pillar made a detailed submission and sent out a […]

Port of Cork Company signs MoU to examine importation of LNG from US fracking industry

August 4th, 2017 The Port of Cork Company has signed an agreement to explore the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US fracking industry. The Green Party has accused the Irish Government of backtracking on environmental commitments for allowing the deal to go ahead. The Greens said that it was hypocritical to potentially […]

electric car

Ireland should phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2035, says Fine Gael TD

July 28th, 2017 Fine Gael TD Noel Rock and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan have voiced their support for the total phase-out of petrol and diesel vehicles on Irish roads. These comments follow plans from both the UK and France to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the coming decades. In the […]

Migrant workers on fishing boats still face “gross forms of exploitation”, Jobs Committee told

July 25, 2017 A permit scheme introduced in February 2016 to regularise the employment of migrant workers on Irish fishing boats has been severely criticised at a recent committee hearing. Rolled out by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in 2015, the Atypical Worker Permission Scheme gave undocumented fishermen from outside the EU from February to July […]

Europe’s Environmental Commission voices concern for Europe’s soil in letter to NGOs

July 25th, 2017 Europe’s Environmental Commissioner has expressed his deep concern with the continued degradation of soil across the EU in a letter to a coalition of 500 European groups. In the letter, seen by The Green News, Commissioner Karmenu Vella said that soil is a “finite resource” and that “soil-related ecosystems are essential to […]

Waste, Recycling and Food Bins

Waste Ambassadors to facilitate 600 local workshops on household waste management

July 19th, 2017 A leading Irish environmental group has launched a nationwide recycling campaign to guide people in managing and reducing their waste in advance of new bin charges set to come into effect later this year. Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE) is set to team up with the three regional waste authorities this autumn […]

Greens criticise Summer Economic Statement for excluding environmental challenges

July 14th, 2017 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, expressed concern yesterday that the Summer Economic Statement makes no mention of the environmental challenges which Ireland faces. Deputy Ryan went on to criticise the focus on “abstract economic growth figures” stating that they were not linked to “real improvements in the quality of our lives”. The […]

Bike Week 2017 final events this weekend

June 16th, 2017 Bike Week which runs from June 10 – 18 – is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. There are bike-themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups across the country.  As the week winds down, David Hayden looks at some interesting statistics and […]

New climate alliance call on Taoiseach to delay adopting ‘inadequate’ climate change plan

June 15th, 2017 The new Taoiseach should delay implementing the Government’s climate action plan until it includes concrete steps to rapidly cut Ireland’s emissions, a new climate alliance has said. The alliance – made up of the Environmental Pillar, Dochas, The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and Stop Climate Chaos – wrote to the […]

The EU is lagging behind in the fight to stop illegal ivory trade, new report finds

June 15th, 2017 EU laws to prohibit the importation of ivory do not go far enough to crack down on the illegal ivory trade, a new report from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has warned. The report states that the EU – the world’s largest exporter of legal ivory – can greatly aid efforts to […]