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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 […]

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What the Experts Want from GE2020 – Paul Kenny

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 they have raised […]

UN calls on Ireland to halt Colombian coal imports over human rights concern

December 23rd, 2019 The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has called on the Government to consider halting coal purchases from the ESB’s largest supplier in Colombia over human rights concerns. In its latest periodic report on Ireland, the committee said that it was concerned that Cerrejón mine has been linked with “serious […]

US anti-fracking activist calls on Port of Cork to halt any gas import plans

December 21st, 2019 A US anti-fracking activist delivered a petition in Cork yesterday against the potential importation of liquefied natural gas from Brownsville Port in South Texas to the Port of Cork. Rebekah Hinojosa, a member of the US anti-fracking group Save Rio Grande Valley from LNG travelled to Ireland to meet with Irish anti-fracking […]

Ireland failing to decouple emissions from economic growth, SEAI

December 12th, 2019 Ireland’s demand for energy is rising in line with economic growth, the latest data from the national energy authority shows. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the demand for energy across the country rose by 4.5 per cent last year in line with economic growth of 1.7 per cent […]

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Calls to halt plans for Cork gas terminal grow

December 5st, 2019 Calls for the annulment of plans to import liquefied natural gas to Cork became more prominent this week following the passing of a Green Party motion urging the Port of Cork to cancel plans to provide fracking infrastructure in the harbour. The Green Party pushed for the passing of the motion in […]

ESB's West Offaly plant in Shannonbridge, County Offaly Photo: Sarah777

Legally robust just transition roadmap needed urgently, ICTU

November 27th, 2019 Ireland needs a clear and legally robust roadmap to support peatland workers being asked to sacrifice their livelihoods for the good of future generations, the Committee on Climate Action has heard. Speaking at a hearing on the Green’s Just Transition Bill yesterday, Macdara Doyle of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) […]

Nationwide Solar schools competition launched

November 22nd, 2019 A nationwide student competition to have solar panels designed and installed on the roofs of schools was launched yesterday. Winners of the Solar Schools contest, run by Friends of the Earth Ireland (FOE), will receive a 90 per cent grant toward the installation of solar panels on their roofs. All Primary and […]

Gov’t dangerously late to just transition party, warns ICTU

November 20th, 2019 The Government is dangerously late to the party on just transition and is struggling to keep pace with events in the Midlands, the head of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) said today. Speaking at a Committee on Climate Action hearing on just transition this afternoon, ICTU General Secretary Patricia King […]

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Committee to recall ESB for fresh answers on cable leaks

November 15th, 2019 The Environment Committee is set to recall the ESB to answer questions on oil leaks from underground cables following evidence of new leaks uncovered by the Environmental Protection Agency.   The Committee is holding hearings into the leakage of one million litres of oil from underground cables over the past 20 years […]