Don't abolish the Department of the Environment

Issued in campaign actions.


The Taoiseach must reverse his decision to abolish the Department of the Environment, reintegrating the environmental functions scattered across three Departments under one Minister

EU-US trade deal poses serious threat to Irish and EU farming: TTIP could open the floodgates to factory-farmed US produce

Issued in news on April 28, 2016 at 15:05:00.


28 April 2016

The controversial trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could spell disaster for EU farming and particularly for the Irish beef sector, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth Europe.

The report Trading away EU farmers reviews modelling studies carried out in the EU and US on the impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The report concludes that TTIP will massively increase imports from the US, while having far fewer benefits for EU producers. Studies foresee a decline of up to 0.8% for EU agriculture’s contribution to gross domestic product, while US agriculture's contribution to it will increase by 1.9% - a net trade benefit to US interests of over 4 billion euros. [1]

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Oisin is running for the Seanad (and there's a public hustings in Trinity tomorrow)

Issued in the blog on April 06, 2016 at 16:25:00.


You may have heard already that our Director, Oisín Coghlan, is standing in the Seanad elections for the Trinity College panel.

Oisin is standing as an independent candidate, independent of any political party and indeed independent of Friends of the Earth. But we're delighted that voters on the TCD panel now have the choice of voting for someone who would put climate action at the top their agenda.

OCYTvid1Oisin himself says of his run:

"I've been badgering politicians from the sidelines for years and I thought it was time to put my money were my mouth is. I'm running to push climate action, social justice and global solidarity up the political agenda."

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SEAI report shows political will is missing ingredient. Politicians are sleepwalking us into massive fines, missing massive opportunities.

Issued in news on April 06, 2016 at 15:27:00.

SEAI 2020 energy plan

Reacting to today's SEAI report on the actions required to meet our 2020 climate-polluting emissions targets, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan, commented:

"The first thing that strikes you on reading the SEAI report on how we can reach our 2020 emissions targets is the typical Irish line 'Well, I wouldn't start from here'.

"The SEAI proposals are eminently sensible but they are challenging mostly because of the lack of action until now.

"The missing ingredient is political will. It was missing during the election campaign and there's little sign of it yet in the talks on government formation.

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Tonight's telly, tomorrow night's cinema and our April Fool's

Issued in the blog on April 05, 2016 at 17:03:00.


I meant to tell you yesterday about a new TV series starting tonight on TG4 at 8pm about the trees on Ireland (it's repeated on Sunday at 7.30).

It looks sumptuous (see the trailer here) and it's presented by the ever engaging Manchán Magan. Described as a "feast for the senses" it looks like the next best thing to a real walk in the woods.

By contrast, if you're around Dublin tomorrow I'll be talking in the IFI at 6.30pm before a screening of "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" (you can book here). It's the first film in a Science Gallery / IFI season on "How the cinema of the past had imagined our future".

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Win tickets to see Naomi Klein in Dublin - and triple your gift to support community energy

Issued in the blog on April 05, 2016 at 15:36:00.


For the next 10 days every euro you give us will be tripled by an EU grant to support our work on community energy.

We had real success last year in getting the Government to recognize the role of communities in the transition to a zero-carbon energy system. The new national energy policy, the White Paper, launched in December is very strong on a commitment to energy citizens and communities.

Now we need to get the next Government to follow through with the concrete steps to make it happen.

Our priorities include:

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CORRECTION: There is no climate action plan. Last one was NINE years ago.

Issued in news on April 01, 2016 at 18:33:00.

Missing climate action plan

There is no FF - FG deal on climate action
The last national climate change strategy was launched 9 years ago tomorrow

It is with genuine regret that Friends of the Earth must report that our press release this morning to the effect that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael had agreed an ambitious climate action plan was mistaken. There is no plan. In fact, the last national climate action plan was published by Minister Dick Roche, NINE years ago tomorrow (that should be the April Fool's joke but it's not).

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Fianna Fail - Fine Gael climate action plan an historic turning point

Issued in news on April 01, 2016 at 11:53:00.

Missing climate action plan

Backroom deal for a solar revolution, a ban on fracking, closing the peat plants and an SSIA scheme for retro-fitting

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the news that Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have agreed an ambitious plan to cut Ireland's carbon emissions. The 5-year climate action plan is being seen as a vital plank of any deal on the formation of a new government.

A source close to the backroom talks that drafted the plan was quoted as saying:

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Community Energy: What, Where and How Much?

Issued in news on March 22, 2016 at 12:41:00.


Are you interested in developing a community energy project?  

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  • Identify you local renewable energy resources
  • Engage your community and key partners
  • Access support and funding
  • Set up an energy project that will deliver results locally
  • Save energy and create warmer homes 

From expert trainers: 

  • Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency
  • Gearoid Fitzgibbon, North Tipperary Leader Partnership
  • Michael Hanratty, Irish Home Energy Rating

SEAI Energy Show at the RDS, Dublin

April 7th, 10:30 - 12:30

Register here, or email





Can you stomach another Leaders' Debate ...

Issued in the blog on February 23, 2016 at 02:41:00.

YFoE hustings

... that doesn't discuss climate change?

The election is in the closing stretch. The final leaders' debate is tonight. Will they discuss climate change? Probably not, but even if they do it'll be short and superficial at best. The reality, however, is that whoever forms the next Government will find climate change high on the policy agenda because of the Paris Agreement, looming EU targets and competing interest groups at home.

So how much thought have the parties actually given it? Below you can see and read for yourself.

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Ask your candidates to take the Vote Frack Free pledge .


The hustings Young Friends of the Earth held with the Environmental Pillar are now online.

You can see the full 86 minutes here .

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