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 […]

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Active transport expert slams Minister’s ‘Stop & Stroll’ campaign as ‘waste of a hashtag’

June 9th, 2017 A new initiative from the Department of Climate Action encouraging children to walk the final leg of their journey to school is deeply flawed, a leading active transport expert has said. The ‘Stop & Stroll’ walking initiative was launched by Minister Denis Naughten, TD on Monday to mark World Environment Day, targeting […]

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‘Stupid and short-sighted’ to pull out of Paris Agreement, Bernie Sanders tells Irish audience

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement was “incredibly stupid and short-sighted”, Bernie Sanders told an Irish audience during a sell-out event in Dublin on Sunday. Speaking at the launch of the Dalkey Book Festival at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, the Vermont senator said that Mr Trump is “dead wrong” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trump withdraws the US from Paris Climate Agreement

June 1st, 2017 President Donald Trump has formally announced that he will withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. Speaking from the White House Rose Garden this afternoon, Mr Trump finally announced his decision after days of teasing the world through social media. The decision puts the Agreement’s goal of limiting global average temperature […]

Green Party launches ‘Just Transition’ plan to prevent Midlands becoming Ireland’s rust belt

May 31st, 2017 The Green Party has warned the government that the Midlands could become Ireland’s rust belt unless a comprehensive economic plan is put in place to deal with the decline in fossil fuel employment in the area. The stark warning came as the Green Party launched their ‘Just Transition’ motion. Just Transition aims […]

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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 […]