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The Green Wave also comes in shades of purple and maroon

February 11th, 2020 Yes, the seismic shift of the election was well and truly with Sinn Fein (excluding new Green deputy Roderic O’Gorman and his partner Ray) as the party’s position on housing and health reverberated with an electorate hungry for change. From early on in the campaign, it was clear that climate change and […]

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD celebrates election Photo: Shamim Malekmian

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire vows to deliver on climate

February 10th, 2020 The first Sinn Fein TD elected to the new Dail has vowed to deliver his party’s green promises for the people of Cork. In a landmark shark-up to the Irish political landscape, Sinn Fein looks set to get the poplar vote across all working age demographics and rake in one-quarter of all […]

Saoi O'Connor at Cork climate strike Photo: Shamim Malekmian

Lower voting age to let informed youth ‘vote climate’

February 7th, 2020 Teenage climate strikes are out in the streets of Cork city today to ask adults to consider the planet when casting their votes in the general election tomorrow. While smaller in numbers, today’s strike builds on last November larger protest in the rebel county that brought Cork city’s traffic to a standstill. […]

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Ryanair adverts ‘misleading’ public on flight emissions

February 7th, 2020 Ryanair has been sanctioned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK for issuing misleading claims to the public on its emissions. The low-budget airline ran a series of TV and radio ads in the UK that said the company was “low CO2” and that it was Europe’s “lowest emission airline”.  […]

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School strikers call on public to vote climate at ballot box

February 7th, 2020 Hundreds of student climate strikers have gathered across Ireland today to call on the electorate to prioritize climate action when they head to the polls tomorrow.  In the capital, students are now gathering before the William Conyngham Plunkett statue on Kildare Street, calling on the electorate to cast their vote for candidates […]

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Manifesto Watch: People Before Profit on climate

February 7th, 2020 As we enter the final day of the election cycle, we are finishing up our series on where the parties stand on climate and biodiversity. Next up, we delve into People Before Profit’s manifesto that is also supported by its partner parties Solidarity and Rise. We also look at its standalone and […]

Róisín Shortall of the SocDems at climate forum in Rediscovery Centre Photo: Niall Sargent

Manifesto Watch: SocDems on climate and biodiversity

February 6th, 2020 As we enter the final days of the election cycle, we are asking where the parties stand on climate and biodiversity. Next up, we delve into the Social Democrat’s manifesto, starting with its well-thought out biodiversity policy. Biodiversity The Social Democrats have outlined a very comprehensive biodiversity plan, only rivaled by the […]

launch of Green Party's climate policies Photo|: Niall Sargent

Manifesto Watch: Green Party on climate and biodiversity

February 6th, 2020 After a year of climate school strikes and civil disobedience, the Green Party has seen a notable spike in support.  The party has its roots in environmental issues, and saw its positions on climate reap electoral benefit last year with gains in local and European elections that were soon dubbed The Green […]

General Election: how do the parties rank on climate?

February 5th, 2020 As General Election 2020 kicked off, One Future Ireland asked three academics – climate scientist Professor John Sweeney, law and politics expert Dr Sadhbh O’Neill and Environmental Policy Fellow Dr Cara Augustenborg – to benchmark the main parties election manifestos against the civil society campaign’s key policy asks.   The asks developed […]

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What the experts want from GE2020 – Caroline Whyte

February 4th, 2020 Over the past three weeks, as in all election cycles, we have become accustomed to the knock at the door from canvassers or candidates themselves are they vie for our number one at the ballot box. We have asked leading climate and biodiversity experts to tell us the key policy asks that […]