Fine Gael failing as custodians of wildlife - Lynn Boylan MEP
The UN’s top scientists today launched its first comprehensive report on biodiversity, laying down the cold truth on the ecological crisis we are currently experiencing. Reacting to the report from Dublin Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan said:
“The UN Species Extinction Report published today spells out the grim future ahead of us if we continue with business as usual.
“The dual crises of climate breakdown and ecological collapse need joint action, and we need to front-load our efforts now.
“I have seen firsthand the disregard the Fine Gael Government has for our wildlife. As an ecologist I worked with the NGO, Groundwork to help clear the invasive species of rhododendron from our native woodlands in Killarney National Park and maintain its clearance. Over the last number of years, all of that work has been undone and the Government has stood by and watched our most important woodlands become re-infested.
“Since becoming an MEP, I have watched on in horror as Fine Gael MEPs show the same disregard for nature as their Fine Gael colleagues in Government. For example they voted against a ban on Neonicotinoid pesticides despite the overwhelming scientific evidence showing the devastating impact they are having on bees and other pollinators.
“They also voted against a ban on whaling as a pre-condition to the Japan trade deal. Year on Year, Fine Gael continues to demonstrate its disregard for nature.
“Despite over a third of our native flora and fauna in Ireland being threatened or at risk of extinction the National Parks and Wildlife Service is surviving on as little as 11 million euro a year, dwarfed by the state support for greyhound racing (16 million) and horse racing (64 million)
“The need for ‘transformative change’ is a call for radical action. The Irish government is sleepwalking into the complete collapse of our biodiversity, which will massively affect our resilience to climate change. Fine Gael have proven that they can not be trusted as custodians of our wildlife and habitats.”