Sinn Féin’s Senator David Cullinane has criticized the Government for its failure to introduce a Climate Change Bill and to deal with issues of flooding and environmental damage. Speaking during debate on environmental protection, controls, and regulation, Senator Cullinane said:
“This government gave a commitment in the Programme for Government to introduce a climate change bill, but three years later it has done nothing on the issue.
“Climate continues to be an ongoing issue not just in Ireland but on a global level.
“In Ireland we have seen all too frequently the damaging impact severe flooding that exacts a huge cost from society in terms of human suffering and a monetary cost to local authorities and the state.
“To do nothing is not an option. We need to address the issue of climate change and we need a climate change bill – not heads of bill.
“This is essential for economic growth; for protection of the environment and for global environmental justice.
“In 2013 Sinn Féin introduced just such a bill and there is no reason why, in government, these parties cannot still support this bill.
“Sinn Féin’s Climate Change bill is comprehensive and can be the cornerstone for Ireland's low carbon, sustainable economic growth.
“If government policy of hear no evil see no evil remains in place it will have serious implications for Ireland and the wider global community.
“Our bill has the potential to change all that. We need the government to support our bill and to stop playing silly politics with such a serious issue”.