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Ireland must move quickly to implement a ‘Just Transition’ – Brian Stanley TD

22 May, 2019 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for Climate Action Brian Stanley TD has called for Ireland to immediately implement a ‘Just Transition’ framework towards a green economy, following information from the Government that no such strategy has yet to be published, let alone implemented.

Speaking from Leinster House this morning, Deputy Stanley said:

“The Government has no plan whatsoever for implementing a ‘Just Transition’ framework to ensure that we move towards a sustainable, green economy.

“Only a few weeks ago, we heard the news that 200 Bord na Móna workers have been made redundant, with a further 240 workers also set to lose their jobs by the end of the year.

“In what way does this reflect any sort of a just transition?

“I asked the Minister what his plans were for Bord na Móna and the workers and families connected and his response today lacked any sort of vision or ambition.

“How are we going to transition away from our reliance upon carbon towards a greener economy if we can’t bring ordinary working people with us?

“It doesn’t have to be this way.

“Sinn Féin has been calling for a radical just transition away from carbon towards renewable energy such as Biomass and Biogas.

"Bord na Móna is at the heart of that plan.

“A recent report published by ICTU outlines that a €1b investment by the State into Climate Action would lead to the creation of 35k net green jobs – many of which would be in the Midlands.

“There is huge potential in the Midlands for workers and communities if this Government could just put together a credible ‘Just Transition’ strategy.

“We should not see Climate Action as a burden; we should see it as an opportunity to create a stronger, more sustainable economy for everyone.”

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