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Task Force needed to tackle Climate Change - Doolan

5 December, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today called for, "the establishment of an All Ireland Task Force to tackle global warming and the effects of climate change."

Speaking ahead of tonight's conference on Climate Change in the Mansion House, Cllr. Doolan said:

"One of the biggest challenges facing this generation is climate change. Yet the government have totally abdicated their responsibility in tackling the issue. It‚s refusal to publish it's own Review of National Climate Change Strategy brings into stark focus their lack of commitment on the matter.

"I am calling the establishment of an All Ireland Task Force with a view to focusing politicians, businesses and the public‚s minds on the challenges that lie ahead. We can no longer bury our head in the hope this impending disaster that is climate change will simply go away. The Task Force should be made up of representatives from the business sector, local & central government, environmentalists and NGO's from across the island.

"Sinn Fein is committed to tackling the issue head on, we want to work with others to set long term targets to cut emissions and will work for the achievements of those targets through a multi faceted approach which would include investment in public transport, renewable resources, urban planning based on energy saving technologies and the possibility of carbon taxes."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan called on, „the Minister for Environment Dick Roche to convene this task force as a matter of urgency and let us get on with planning for a sustainable future." ENDS

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