New study finds Irish Climate Law to be broadly in line with international best practice

Issued in news on October 18, 2021 at 15:55:00.

Climate law assessment cover

2021 Climate Act is much strengthened from the 2015 law - the remaining shortcomings and concerns relate mostly to Climate Council’s independence from vested interest groups

An independent comparative assessment of the Irish Climate Act has been published today, 18th October [1]. The study by the DCU Centre for Climate and Society, which was commissioned by Friends of the Earth, compared the Irish law to other national framework climate laws in Europe and beyond. The study’s lead researcher, Dr Diarmuid Torney, assessed the extent to which the new Climate Act delivers eight core components that have been identified as key features of national framework climate laws. His analysis found that Ireland's Climate Act is broadly in the realm of international best practice, although there are some exceptions and remaining shortcomings.

Commenting on the study, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said:
"Given it took a 14 year campaign to get this climate law, it is good to see that the study finds it is broadly in line with international best practice.

However the study makes clear that the climate law is just the framework for action. Now the real work begins as the Government agrees Ireland’s Carbon Budgets and the measures for every part of the economy and society to be supported to do its fair share to live within those budgets.”

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Object to mining licences in Leitrim

Issued in campaign actions.

Goldmining in Omagh

The Department of Environment is considering granting licences to Flintridge Resources to prospect for gold and silver in Leitrim. Send in an objection below.

System Reset National Youth Assembly

Issued in the blog on October 14, 2021 at 16:08:00.

System Reset National Youth Assembly

Are you aged under 30? Or do you know a young person of that age who is interested in climate action and social justice?

Young people have been coming together through our System Reset project to explore the root causes of climate change and inequality. They’ve come up with solutions to these big issues to be raised with political leaders.

We’re excited to announce that these solutions will be showcased during our System Reset National Youth Assembly on 19th October. This assembly is open to people under 30 and will take place from 6pm to 8pm. Registration closes at 2pm on 18th October.

Click here to register for the Youth Assembly


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What should the Carbon Budget be?

Issued in the blog on October 14, 2021 at 09:45:00.

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With the Climate Council now up to full strength we expect them to move quite quickly to make their recommendations on the Carbon Budgets for 2021-25, 2026 to 2030 and 2031 to 2035.

We know the Government is very keen to have the numbers in the public domain before An Taoiseach and other ministers travel to the COP at the start of November. That means the Council would need to send their proposal to Government by the end of next week at the latest to give Government the chance to digest it.

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Budget 2022 comment piece for the Irish Daily Star

Issued in the blog on October 13, 2021 at 11:37:00.

Oisin op-ed Daily Star 2021-1013

The most important news in Budget 2022 when it comes to climate action is something that isn’t happening. The increase in carbon tax won’t apply to home heating fuels – coal, peat briquettes, oil and gas – until next summer. Thankfully then, the Budget won’t add to the increasing energy costs we are all facing this winter.

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Budget just one small step on climate action. Bigger decisions to come later this month

Issued in news on October 12, 2021 at 18:26:00.

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Increase in fuel allowance to tackle energy poverty essential given rising prices

Friends of the Earth has welcomed a number of measures in Budget 2022 but emphasised that it is just one small step on the path to eliminating climate pollution. The environmental justice organisation particularly welcomed the measures to protect those at risk of energy poverty and the introduction of half-price public transport for 19-23 year olds.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said:

“We have to cut our emissions in half by 2030 and it is imperative we do that in ways that reduce poverty and inequality.

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Petition: Reject Shannon LNG's Planning Application

Issued in campaign actions.

Reject Shannon LNG’s planning application! (1)

I don’t want more fossil fuels in Ireland and want An Bord Pleanála to reject Shannon LNG’s planning application.

Ireland sleepwalking into a disaster with data centre growth

Issued in news on September 29, 2021 at 16:18:00.

Ireland is sleepwalking into a disaster with data centre growth

Climate campaigners warn that data centre growth is incompatible with Ireland’s climate commitments as all 160 TDs are contacted by constituents ahead of Thursday's Dáil debate on the issue


Friends of the Earth has warned that the Government is failing to do its maths on data centres. The environmental organisation is calling for a moratorium on connecting new data centres to the grid until a proper assessment and public consultation is conducted to examine how we can avoid letting data centres lock Ireland into highly polluting, fossil fuel use for years to come.

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No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure!

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Copy of tweet CEM bill 2

Ask your TDs to support a bill to restrict the development of fossil fuel infrastructure and energy guzzling data centres

COP26 should be postponed - here's why

Issued in the blog on September 22, 2021 at 18:15:00.

COP postpone

The COP26 UN Climate Talks are set to take place in Glasgow this November. Decisions made at these talks will have significant impacts on global climate action - or inaction - in the years and decades to come. But right now, many of the people who will be most impacted by these decisions are essentially locked out of the talks.

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