Keep calm and dry in the face flooding

Issued in news on December 05, 2016 at 22:23:00.


This time last year we were all in the throes of Storm Desmond.  On this day, December 5 th , Theresa Mannion made sure we all understood just how treacherous the conditions were with her RTE news broadcast from Galway urging us all not to “make unnecessary journeys, don’t take risks on treacherous roads and DON’T SWIM IN THE SEA!”

Weather conditions are much better this year, in fact it’s hardly rained at all in 6 weeks. But Friends of the Earth is urging that Ireland takes an ecosystems approach to managing flood risk. By working with nature, we can enhance the capacity of our landscape to slow the flow of water during flood events and to reduce flood risk.


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EPA Research on Fracking out today at 2pm - Four tests for its credibility

Issued in news on November 30, 2016 at 13:09:00.

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Press Release
For Immediate Release 30-11-2016
Friends of the Earth

EPA Report on Fracking out at 2pm today

Four tests for its credibility

The long awaited research commissioned by the EPA on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction, or ‘fracking’ will be published today at 2pm.

This research is expected to examine the potential impacts of fracking in Ireland, and comes one month after the Dáil unanimously accepted the principle of banning fracking in Ireland [1].

Here are 4 tests which should be used to determine if this research can offer a credible contribution to the debate on whether fracking should go ahead in Ireland or not.

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Dail gives unanimous backing to bill to ban fracking

Issued in news on October 28, 2016 at 11:50:00.

Dáil gives unanimous backing to Bill to ban fracking
Hailed as historic first step to fossil free future

Friends of the Earth has hailed the passing of a Bill to ban fracking in the Dáil tonight as "an historic first step towards a fossil free future". At 7.20pm the Ceann Comhairle noted that the Dáil had "unanimously" agreed the second stage of Tony McLoughlin's private members bill and referred it to a select committee for detailed scrutiny. The decision came on the same day the Dáil voted to ratify the Paris Agreement which comes into force next week.

Commenting, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth, Kate Ruddock said:

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Last night we made history. Now let's make the future.

Issued in the blog on October 28, 2016 at 11:47:00.

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Keep it in the ground

10 days ago we asked for your help to get a Bill to ban fracking over its first big hurdle in the Dáil. You responded like never before, raising money for a legal opinion on the Bill in less than 24 hours. Then 2,500 of you wrote to your local TDs urging them to #BackTheBill.

And you won!

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Research report finds fracking for shale gas incompatible with good water quality and recommends its prohibition in Ireland

Issued in news on October 25, 2016 at 11:03:00.

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Research report finds fracking for shale gas incompatible with good water quality and recommends its prohibition in Ireland

Report launch: Buswells Hotel, Dublin at 1.00 p.m., Tuesday October 25th

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Our Chairperson reflects on her legacy

Issued in the blog on October 24, 2016 at 00:15:00.

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Our Chairperson, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, reflects on her legacy in honour of Halloween

On October 11, 2016, Rowan Jacobson of Outside Magazine wrote a startling obituary: “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old.”

Jacobson goes on to describe the legacy of the Great Barrier Reef, from the impressive array of more than 6,000 species it harboured to the food and mineral resources it provided for the humans who lived next to it for 60,000 years.

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Ask your TD to #BackTheBill to ban fracking

Issued in the blog on October 20, 2016 at 17:27:00.

Will you ask your TD to vote for a ban on fracking next week?

There is a Bill to ban fracking in Ireland scheduled for debate in the Dáil next week (Thurs 27th Oct, 3:30 - 5:30). If we can mobilize enough support it will take a crucial step towards becoming law. But we need your TDs to agree to it.

Most political parties have either a stated policy or declared in their election manifesto's that they are opposed to fracking. Have a look at this infographic of what the different parties have said about fracking.

Act Now


Now we need to make sure they keep their promises.


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Friends of the Earth Ireland calls on Enda Kenny to respect Seanad vote on trade deal

Issued in news on October 10, 2016 at 13:29:00.

Friends of the Earth Ireland calls on Enda Kenny to respect Seanad vote on trade deal

Seanad urges Government to oppose implementation of CETA until parliamentary scrutiny and ratification is complete.

Yesterday, the Seanad approved a motion calling on the Irish government to reject provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe. The historic motion makes the Irish Parliment the first in the world to take a vote on CETA. Independent senator Alice Mary Higgins proposed the motion, which passed by one vote, having garnered the support of The Civil Engagement Group, Labour, Sinn Féin, and Green Parties, thus rejecting the position Fine-Gael led government.

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Taoiseach, it's time

Issued in the blog on September 29, 2016 at 17:14:00.


The Taoiseach was addressing the Seanad today and a couple of Senators were interested in raising climate change with him. Here's what I would have said.


Your government has adopted a National Policy Position on Climate Action, underpinned by the Climate Act, that defines Ireland's transition objective for 2050 as an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between energy, housing and transport, and carbon neutrality for agriculture and land use, in line with the lower end of the EU's emissions goal for 2050. And your Government's White Paper on Energy has a target of reducing energy emissions by 80-95% by 2050, in line with the higher end of the EU's goal, and proclaims a vision of a "carbon-free" future for Ireland.

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Have you got #onegoodidea?

Issued in the blog on September 27, 2016 at 11:36:00.

Indo Climate Change and You

Did you see Saturday's Irish Independent? We were impressed to see their 5-page special on climate change and their acknowledgement that we need to act now, not sometime in the future! They are running a week-long Climate Change and You campaign to inform and engage their readers. We think that's a great idea so we have made it really easy for you to get involved, here's how:

First there's a short survey on what Ireland should do to address climate change. We think it would be great if you have your say. The more of our supporters who make their views known the better. We're particularly keen on your answers to questions 2, 5 and 9 ;-).

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