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Irish government must sign up to climate change goals – Adams

30 November, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who is attending the Climate Change conference in Paris today, to give a “firm commitment to sign up to measurable and achievable climate change goals and to support genuine efforts to reverse climate change.”

The Sinn Féin leader said:

“Climate change is one of the defining challenges facing our society. Consequently today’s climate change conference in Paris is of huge importance.

“The island of Ireland is already experiencing significant climate change. Six of the warmest years we have experienced have occurred in the last 25 years. Scientists are predicting that Ireland faces not just a rise in sea level but water shortages, adverse impacts on water quality and changes in the distribution of plant and animal species.

“An ambitious deal in Paris is therefore very much in all our interests.

“Thus far the Irish government’s approach to climate change has not been good. The state will not reach the 20% reduction in emissions that it previously signed up to. When I raised this issue with the Taoiseach last week he acknowledged that we face fines of between five and six billion euro if the state cannot meet the likely climate change goals that will emerge from Paris.

“There is a huge responsibility on the Irish government to contribute positively and constructively to the conference.”


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