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Lynn Boylan MEP slams Government's Irresponsibility on Climate Change

18 June, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Following a report published today by Climate Action Network Europe, which reports on EU countries’ ambitions and progress in fighting climate change, Sinn Féin Dublin MEP has slammed the lack of commitment shown by the Irish Government to tackling this issue.

Speaking from Dublin, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan stated:

"It is not surprising in the slightest that Ireland is at the bottom of this ranking. We have known for far too long that this government has been dragging its feet on climate action, with a woefully insufficient National Mitigation Plan. Today we have further proof that Fine Gael is unfit for government, bringing our country into disrepute on an issue where we could be leading the way.

"There is no political will from the Government to tackle this issue. The findings in this report are appalling – stating Ireland's 'stiff opposition to climate action nationally and in the EU' is keeping us in the red.

"It finds 0% in the area of more promoting more ambitious EU targets and strategies, and reports a shocking 8% progress on implementation of 2020 targets.

"It is important to quote this report at length - it finds that  Ireland 'played a negative role in the negotiations of the EU 2030 climate and energy legislation, pushing for loopholes to dilute the laws.' This is absolutely unacceptable, particularly given that the Citizen's Assembly expressed major concern over climate change.

"The people of Ireland want a government that represents them, and they want us to be leading the other EU Member States, not dragging them down.

"This year, I am representing the European Parliament and Sinn Féin at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, which will see world leaders from all levels meet to encourage more ambition in this policy area.

"I will also be representing the same at COP 24 in Poland this December, the follow-up conference to the Paris Agreement.

“Minister Denis Naughten can no longer defend Ireland’s record on climate change which he attempted to do at the UN Climate talks last November. The Government must radically revise and fully implement the National Mitigation Plan and get serious about achieving its emissions targets".

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