Tell Enda to bring his A-game to New York

Issued in campaign actions.

Kenny in New York

At the UN Enda must show Ireland is serious about climate action

Young Friends of the Earth Climate Champions Competition 2014 Now Open!

Issued in news on September 03, 2014 at 13:59:00.

Climate champions 2014 image

Do you....

  • Want to join a movement of young activists in Europe?
  • Want to be creatively involved in the global movement for Climate Justice?
  • Make sure Ireland does its fair share to Stop Climate Chaos?

If so....
Young Friends of the Earth have an exciting opportunity to bring a group of young people to Brussels to join activists demanding fair action on climate change. This week of action will take place as our leaders meet to decide on the future of our world at the UN Climate talks in December.

To be part of the movement contact us for more information before the 10th October at:
01 6394652
Facebook YoungFriendsoftheEarthIreland
Twitter @YoungFOEIrl

We look forward to hearing from you!

Durkan's rejection of drilling application at potential fracking site is welcome

Issued in news on August 12, 2014 at 10:48:00.

mark-durkan-doeni - Mark H Durkan MLA
Mark H Durkan MLA

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Environment Minister's decision to reject Tamboran's exploratory drilling application for Belcoo, Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland's Director, James Orr, said,

"Minister Durkan should be congratulated on his decision. He is right to conclude that an Environmental Impact Assessment is required and that exploratory drilling should not go ahead without planning permission. It is particularly heartening to see Mr Durkan invoking the precautionary principle. Northern Ireland's environment has suffered serious damage from unauthorised quarries and landfill sites, pollution factories and sewerage works, and overdevelopment of the countryside. It is good to see an Environment Minister finally taking the job of environmental protection seriously.

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Government should aim to make Ireland fossil fuel free

Issued in news on August 06, 2014 at 11:32:00.

Government should aim to make Ireland fossil fuel free
As consultation closes, ministers must lead a genuine public debate on our energy choices

Friends of the Earth has called on the Government to set a goal of Ireland being fossil fuel free by 2050. The environmental campaigning group made the call on the final day of the Government's public consultation on Ireland's future energy policy. The deadline for written submissions is 5.30pm. The Government has promised there will now be an opportunity for the public to discuss the policy options in regional workshops before a White Paper is developed.

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24 hours to have your say on Ireland's energy future

Issued in news on July 30, 2014 at 13:31:00.

Poolbeg sunset by Philip Milne - Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.
Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.

One click now can help change energy policy for good.

A company called Tamboran Resources has just moved on site in Belcoo, Fermanagh, to prepare to test drill for fracking. They also hold licences in Leitrim. A lobby group is calling for a nuclear power plant to be built in Moneypoint, Co Clare. The Minister for Energy thinks "Ireland will remain dependent on fossil fuels well into the future". We're still ripping up our bogs and burning peat to make electrcity. And Board Na Mona want to build a factory to make "smokeless coal".

Is this the energy future you want? What should Ireland do?

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Your chance to input to the Government's consultation on the Green Paper on Energy, thanks to the Environmental Pillar

Issued in news on July 22, 2014 at 16:34:00.

Energy policy has got increasingly controversial in recent years. And now you can do something about it.

First, there was Shell's destructive impact on the community of Erris, Co Mayo. Then there was a string of communities from Leitrim to Clare rising up to stave off the threat of fracking for unconventional gas. There was talk of oil off Dalkey, and more talk about the reduced taxes any successful commercial production would pay. And most recently various community groupings around the country have protested about the export of wind energy and the new pylons planned to upgrade the national grid.

Finally, it is your turn to have your say.

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Last chance for Department of Environment to deliver climate action

Issued in news on July 12, 2014 at 12:13:00.

Alan Kelly TD

Department has failed to coordinate consistent Government action since Kyoto

Minister Kelly must take tortuous policy-making process "by the scruff of the neck"

Climate policy is effectively being run by the Department of Agriculture

Friends of the Earth has claimed that the Department of the Environment is on its last chance to show it can coordinate climate policy across Government. The environmental campaigning organization says that since 1997, when Ireland signed the Kyoto Protocol, the Department has consistently failed to deliver timely and adequate action to meet Ireland's emissions reductions targets.

Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan, commented:

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Alex White, new energy minister, has a key role now in fight against climate change

Issued in the blog on July 11, 2014 at 15:05:00.


Congrats to Alex White TD on taking over as Miniser for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. A key Department in the fight against climate change.

Here is the Minister speaking as Labour leader in the Seanad, at the end of a debate on the Climate Protection Bill in October 2007, in response to Minister John Gormley and others.


Senator Dominic Hannigan: Information on Dominic Hannigan Zoom on Dominic Hannigan I wish to raise a point of order. Reference was made to the Labour Party’s voting record in regard to the Climate Change Targets Bill in November 2005. The record shows clearly that we voted——

Acting Chairman (Labhrás Ó Murchú): Information on Labhrás Ó Murchú Zoom on Labhrás Ó Murchú A point of order can relate only to procedure and cannot respond to the Minister.

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Phil's parting shot?

Issued in the blog on July 07, 2014 at 21:40:00.

Phil Hogan and the emus

The Irish Mirror reported on Friday that Minister Hogan's Department had circulated a 54-page list of his achievements and concluded that "the general feeling is that he will not return to this Department either way" after the reshuffle.

The report has now been posted online and carries the very formal title Progress Update on the Programme of Reform from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

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Ownership is Key to Giving Communities a Real Stake in Energy Policy - new report

Issued in news on July 03, 2014 at 09:00:00.

School Visit to Templederry - School visit to Templederry Wind Farm, Co. TipperaryIreland's only community owned wind farm
School visit to Templederry Wind Farm, Co. Tipperary Ireland's only community owned wind farm

18 groups call on Government to remove barriers to community energy

Expanding local ownership of renewable energy projects is key to giving communities a real stake in energy policy, according to a new report published today. The report, prepared by 18 groups working in the energy and community sector, highlights the very significant barriers to the development of community owned renewable energy projects in Ireland, and makes recommendations to Government to make it possible for communities and individuals to get involved in local renewable energy generation, distribution and energy efficiency projects. Minister Rabbitte aspires to create 'energy citizens' in the Green Paper on Energy Policy, but gives no indication how he will do this. Implementing these recommendations would be a great place to start. The report comes the day before The National Economic and Social Council (NESC) will publish advice to Government on ‘Wind Energy in Ireland – Building Community Engagement and Social Support'.

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