Climate Bill Money Message ‘an act of legislative vandalism’ – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Climate Action David Cullinane has slammed Minister Richard Bruton for slapping a money message on the Climate Emergency Bill, calling it cynical, regressive, and out of step with public opinion and aspirations
Deputy Cullinane said:
“It is clear that this government cares not a jot for climate action.
“The move by Minister Richard Bruton to block a Bill, designed to keep fossil fuels in the ground, is simply gombeen politics.
“It is less than a month since Fine Gael voted with the Oireachtas to call a climate emergency. Today, it has failed the first test of that commitment.
“The Minister tried to justify his action by pointing to perceived shortcomings in the bill – yet the Minister knows full well that all those issues can be teased out in the relevant Committee.
“Minister Bruton has simply blocked the Bill from being discussed, debated, and amended by the Oireachtas. His attempts to justify this are facile and patronising towards those working to build a better future.
“It is obvious that a debate on exploration licences - who gets them and for what purpose – is one the Minister does not want to have.
“What is he scared of? What is Fine Gael scared of?
“Let us have the debate on the Climate Emergency Bill at Committee stage.
“The Minister can amend the Bill. He only needs to win the argument.
“It is because he knows he can’t that he has blocked it.
“Meanwhile, the question of who benefits from our exploration licences remains.
“It is one that the Minister will not be able to avoid, no matter how many money message excuses he dreams up.”