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Molly Walsh

Molly is the Policy and Advocacy Officer with Friends of the Earth. Originally form Donegal she studied Environmental Biology in UCD. She likes cooking, gardening and cycling long distance. She got the train to Copenhagen.

Taylor taste justice, but West Africa continues to be denied it

Posted on May 31, 2012 by Molly Walsh

Taylor tastes justice, but West Africa continues to be denied it
As the EU bows down to big business and continues to exploit the Global South in search of cheap raw materials and energy, what impact will Charles Taylor's conviction really have on a region ravaged by natural resource conflict?

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Is the Environment Minister's cart before his horse?

Posted on December 15, 2011 by Molly Walsh

Horse before cart - Cart before the horse.
Cart before the horse.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan appeared before the Environment committee this afternoon. I find it rather strange to say he "appeared before them". But this phrasing is how people generally describe it when a minister goes in to talk to a committee, especially if he is invited. It brings to my mind images of gable walls and miraculous visions. So there he was anyway, a vision of joviality. He didn't however have any particularly healing words to impart. The Environment committee had hauled him in to clear up some uncertainty caused by his remarks about climate legislation at the end of October. At the time it was reported that the minister had said climate legislation was not a priority for him. As can be expected he was criticised widely for this. For a particularly to the point criticism you should listen to Professor of climatology John Sweeney's interview on drivetime. (It starts about one hour and fifty minutes in)

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Spot the difference. Parliamentary Questions.

Posted on October 24, 2011 by Molly Walsh

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Phil Hogan answered a written PQ about climate legislation from Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin this week. What's concerning about it is how different his answer is from the one he gave in May to an almost identical question. It's striking that his answer can change so radically in the absence of any decision to change government policy and during a policy review that begun in May and which was still being finalised when he gave the second answer.


May 17th Written Question

Martin Ferris (Kerry North-West Limerick, Sinn Fein)
Question 56: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the date on which he will publish climate change legislation. [11508/11]

Phil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)

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News on the climate law.

Posted on September 27, 2011 by Molly Walsh

Minister for Environment-Phil hogan - Phil hogan must produce climate legislation that Ireland can be proud of.
Phil hogan must produce climate legislation that Ireland can be proud of.

Climate policy has ticked along steadily since the Fine Gael / Labour government came to power last spring. Progress has been steady rather than spectular, but the stage is set for key decisions to be taken in the next couple of months.

A good starting point has been the Programme for Government, which has the following commitment to a climate law.
- "We will publish a Climate Change Bill which will provide certainty surrounding government policy and provide a clear pathway for emissions reductions, in line with negotiated EU 2020 targets."

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No Consent

Posted on April 06, 2011 by Molly Walsh

Publication cover - ICCL FoE letter to GSOC 2011-0407

The 10th of November 2006 was the 11th anniversary of Ken Sara Wiva's death. It was also the first time in my life that I experienced police brutality. The thing that connects these two facts is the corrupt power of Royal Dutch Shell. Something that was highlighted again yesterday with the emerging in the media of a recording of Gardai discussing raping women they have just arrested. It is horrifying and shocking to hear men in a position of power repeatedly use the word rape as part of an attempt to joke, what i feel is even worse is their raucous lads laughter that now rings in my ears. The women they arrested were peacefully protesting against the raw gas pipeline that shell is building in Mayo against the consent of the local community there. There is a good article on the whole sickening incident on Indymedia. What is illustrated by this recording is the dominance and brutality towards campaigners that has marked the policing operation since 2006.

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What a week, Broken Promises, Carbon Budgets and More Promises.

Posted on December 22, 2010 by Molly Walsh

Gormley on Carbon Budget Day - John Gormley outlined the contents of the coming Climate Bill in his speech in the Dáil.
John Gormley outlined the contents of the coming Climate Bill in his speech in the Dáil.

What a week. What a year.

I started last week feeling rather concerned. John Gormley had promised that the Climate Bill would be published before the Dail session ended for Christmas and that was on Thursday. I've lived through a year of broken promises and pushed out deadlines, could it really be about to happen? I didn't have any indication either way but my experience taught me to be concerned.

On Tuesday Ciaran Cuffe was speaking at the IIEA about his experience in Cancun. He opened his speech by saying that coming back from Cancun was like coming out of the frying pan and into the fire, as he had gone straight into negotiations about the Climate Bill.

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Have the Greens delivered on Climate Change?

Posted on November 26, 2010 by Molly Walsh

The short answer is no. The long answer goes something like this.

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Coping with Copenhagen

Posted on February 24, 2010 by Molly Walsh

inside-the-bella-centre-with-cop-in-full-swingCopenhagen was personally very disappointing for me. I did not expect there to be a final legally binding treaty agreed there but I had hoped for better things. I had hoped that perhaps movement would be made on sticky issues in the negotiating texts and that by the time things came to a close there would be maybe three or four areas that still needed to be worked through in 2010. What actually hap pended was that a parallel process developed, the process of drawing together the Copenhagen Accord. This sapped attention and focus from the real texts that have been being negotiated since the UN meeting in Bali two years ago.

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Copenhagen disaccord

Posted on December 20, 2009 by Molly Walsh

I'm sitting in a hotel room in Brussels. I was on my way to London to get home when my journey was thwarted by "climatique exceptionelle". The channel tunnel is closed beuase of all the snow. I'm hoping to be able to get home tomorrow.
The last blog entry that I wrote late on saturday night is now quite out of date. I was feeling very dejected and down. The weak Copenhagen Accord was all that anyone was talking about. This document put together by around 30 rich countries was a limp statement of nothing much really. It was about to be put before the meeting and i thought it was going to be adopted by all the parties. I wrote my blog and turned off my laptop and i was ready to go home. Then the screen behind me that relays what is happening in the plenary rooms popped into life. The Danish president Rasmutten was in the chair and he looked awful. Tired and sweaty he gave to floor to Tuvalu at about 3 in the morning. Tuvalu's response to the terrible document being put before them was profund and brave. Refering to the small amount of money that was being offered alongside weak and meaningless targets they said.
"It looks like we are being offered 30 pieces of silver to betray our people and our future," he said to applause in the chamber. "Our future is not for sale. I regret to inform you that Tuvalu cannot accept this document."
YES! It wasn't going to wash. Of the tiny number of NGOs who were allowed inside te bella centre that day only a small number were left at that time in the morning, but we clapped and smiled at each other. Next to ask for the floor was Bolivia and we knew things were looking up. There was a fightback on. And then through the night the plenary went back and forward with countries that had been involved in drafting the weak useless document defending it and latin american and african countries attacking it.
I fell asleep in cold empty bella cantre listeing to the tired negotiators wrangle through the night. Around 7am my collegue from oxfam woke me and said he was leaving. I gathred my stuff and went with him into the bitterly cold night.
Eventually the next day at some stage it was decided that the accord would be noted by the cop, meaning very little. Its there, its on record but its not a cop decision.
I'm glad that the fraction of the countries who put this together didn't get away with getting it through, but this is not what we wanted from talks. There is no fair, science based deliverance of climate justice, and we didn't really come close. Copenhagen failed as a summit to tackle climate change, and don't let obama or anyone else tell you otherwise.

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A bad deal on a bad night

Posted on December 19, 2009 by Molly Walsh

Its 2.30 in the mornign in Copenhagen in the Bella Centre. And I'm dejected. These crucial talks about how the planet is to tackle climate change have failed and failed miserablely. This morning we arrived in to news that there was the text of a draft politicial accord. All along this was not what we wanted.
The first low point of the day came when Obama addressed the Plenary. His speech was weak and set the tone for a da filled with dissapointments. I was an obama fan back in the heady days of his election campaign, but now he has failed to display the kind of inspirational policies that would match his inspirational campaign rhetoric.

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