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Climate change a real threat to Ireland - Boylan

16 July, 2018 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin’s Energy, Environment & Climate Change spokesperson, Cathal Boylan MLA has called for action to tackle climate change to move Ireland to a zero carbon society.

Speaking after a consultation meeting with stakeholders on the ‘Powering Ireland 2030’ document, the Newry/Armagh MLA said:

“Climate Change is a real threat to the island of Ireland, already three extreme weather events have hit Ireland this year. These had the potential to cause serious harm or death. 

“The ‘Powering Ireland 2030’ outlines Sinn Féin’s vision of how Ireland can transition from being fossil fuel dependant to relying on renewable energy.

“The Paris Agreement along with European Union targets on energy generation from renewable sources are helping shape policy with the environment at its heart.

“Sinn Féin’s priority is to ensure that Ireland is sustainable and secure and energy in Ireland is affordable for all. No one in our society should be struggling to heat their homes.

“Our vision for Ireland can be achieved by redirecting public, semi-state and private investment into developing and deploying a new energy mix.

“There is an onus on the two governments and business to lead the way to be ambitious and proactive in transitioning to renewable energy generation and developing on advanced energy storage systems.”

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