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€100 million Kyoto fines result of Government refusal to act

11 October, 2005

Sinn Fein's spokesperson on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan T.D. today sought to have to the business of the Dáil adjourned to discuss the preliminary findings of consultants employed by the Government who have calculated that this state will face €100 million of fines for failure to comply with the terms of the state's obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

Speaking in the Dáil deputy Morgan said:

"The Government failure to take the action necessary to curb greenhouse emissions in this state will result, according to 'preliminary projections' in the state facing an estimated fines of more than €100 million, and possibly as high as €180 million, for failure to reduce emissions output in line with Kyoto commitments. The State's taxpayers and not the big industrial polluters will end up carrying the resulting financial burden". ENDS

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