Nature largely missing from the government Climate Action Plan

The Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes the publication of the government’s Climate Action Plan but is disappointed that nature – and addressing the biodiversity/extinction crisis in particular – is largely ignored. We welcome the commitment to better manage hedgerows and soils in agricultural environments as these can have associated benefits for wildlife. However, the plan largely […]

Climate Action Plan to Tackle Climate Breakdown launches

Giving Ireland a Sustainable Future Cleaner air, warmer homes, better-connected communities, and a more sustainable economy Climate Action Plan to Tackle Climate Breakdown launches The Government has today (Monday the 17th of June) published the Climate Action Plan, led by Minister Richard Bruton, to give Irish people a cleaner, safer and more sustainable future. The […]

5 tests for the Government’s new climate plan: ‘A New Departure on the path to zero climate pollution’

Government climate plan must signal a New Departure on the path to zero climate pollution Campaigners set out 5 tests for Government’s new climate plan due next week (detailed briefing) > Is the new 2050 target net zero emissions, like the UK just announced? > Will the key oversight and accountability provisions be put into […]

Government must give a fair hearing to the Fair Mortgage Bill – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the decision of the Ceann Comhairle’s office to allow the introduction of private members bill aimed at establishing an off-balance sheet National Housing Co-Operative. The Affordable Housing and Fair Mortgage Bill 2018 will be introduced at First Stage in the Dáil today by Fianna Fail’s John McGuinness. It has […]

EPA’s climate figures highlight urgency of increased climate and renewables action by Government – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has again restated IFA’s call on Government to introduce a robust climate activation programme to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland, particularly the increases from the transport sector. Thomas Cooney said, “The EPA’s figures published today represent a real call to action. While emissions from agriculture are expected to increase […]

Government defeat is a significant victory for farm families and the self-employed – Rural Independent Group

Members of The Rural Independent Group have expressed their delight after they achieved a successful Dáil vote on the motion they brought forward calling for immediate reform of the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme. The motion, which was carried by 51 votes to 48, represents a highly significant loss for the government and will […]

Government commitment to Post Office Network is about to be tested – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that the Rural Independents Group will be using its Private Members time on Wednesday next to table a Motion on the future of the Post Office Network. Deputy McGrath went on to say that the Motion will be an opportunity for Government to definitively commit to the revitalisation and […]

91% of Students concerned about their future and 80% intend to emigrate

The Union of Students in Ireland said the government risks losing a generation at the forefront of tech, medicine and scientific growth if it doesn’t prioritise the future of young people in Ireland. 91% of students are concerned about their future in Ireland and over two thirds of college students are considering emigrating after completing […]

Clúid response to the Housing Action Plan

Following publication of the Governments Housing Action Plan, Simon Brooke, Clúid’s Head of Policy, said this afternoon, “This strategy represents a large step forward.  We particularly welcome: The social housing target of 47,000 new homes by 2021.  As with any plan, particularly one such as this, which involves a large number of stakeholders, the key […]

Farm Scale Renewables Must Form Part Of Government’s Future Energy Strategy – IFA

IFA Renewables Project Team Chairman James Murphy has called for the renewable energy strategy in the new Programme for Government to be built upon, by ensuring farm scale renewable energy projects are supported.   Welcoming Denis Naughten’s appointment as Minister for Natural Resources, James Murphy said, “The new programme for Government provides a real platform […]

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