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Students for taking a stand and leading from the front on Climate Change – Funchion

15 March, 2019 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Speaking today in support of students striking for climate change, Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson for Education and Skills Deputy Kathleen Funchion said the number of Irish students striking today in their thousands up and down the country should deliver a clear and powerful message to the Irish Government that Ireland's inaction on climate change won’t be tolerated by our younger generations.

Teachta Funchion said:

“Today’s direct action being taken by students all across our country should send a very clear signal to our Ministers in Government that younger generations have recognised the critical issues facing their generation and have decided to make their voices heard.

“As future voting citizens, they have every right to inform government about what direction they want to see policy moving. The global student strike which was called by the 16 year-old schoolgirl Greta Thunberg who began striking outside the Swedish Parliament last August has gathered incredible momentum internationally.

“Today, students from schools across Ireland are joining the global Schools Strike for Climate Action as well. Marches have been organised in Dublin and Cork there will be strike events outside local authority offices in counties from Tralee to Donegal, Meath to Galway, and locally at school gates across the country.

“Fridays for Future, School Strikes 4 Climate, as well as the Schools’ Climate Action Network are the three student-driven networks of young people in Ireland, whose schools support them in their decision to strike for climate action.

“On March 6th, a group of 40 students from around Ireland met in Dublin to discuss their demands with TDs and Senators at a briefing hosted by my colleague Senator Máire Devine at Dáil Éireann in advance of the strike.

“I applaud these students for taking such a stand and leading from the front.” 

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