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Thanks to Fine Gael, Ireland’s reputation as a climate laggard remains intact – Lynn Boylan MEP

10 May, 2019 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Ecologist and Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan has today accused Fine Gael of "rank hypocrisy" following the Minister for Climate Action’s refusal to rule out banning exploration licences for fossil fuels now, and for at least a decade under a Fine Gael led government.

Boylan, who is spokesperson for climate change for the European Parliament's Left group, said:

"Yesterday’s decision by the Dáil to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency demonstrates a recognition by the political system that urgent and radical action is required if Ireland is to play a meaningful role in tackling global climate change.

"However this declaration won’t be worth the paper it’s written on if it’s not backed up by government action.  

"There are a number of immediate actions Fine Gael could take to demonstrate its full force behind the Dáil declaration, for example banning exploration licences for fossil fuels.

“In an all too familiar example of government hypocrisy, the Minister responsible for Climate Action today ruled out banning exploration licenses fossil fuels and indicated that under a Fine Gael government such action would not be even considered over the next decade.

"To add insult to injury the Taoiseach refused to support efforts by other EU member states to improve commitments on climate action at yesterday’s ‘Future of Europe’ summit in Romania.

"Thanks to Leo Varadkar and his so called Minister for Climate Action, Ireland’s reputation as a climate laggard remains intact. 

“Political parties across the political spectrum have stepped up to advance urgent action on climate change. Just last week, Sinn Féin brought forward its motion to declare a climate and ecological emergency. Fine Gael has failed the Dáil, the people, and our collective future.” 

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