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Oisín Coghlan

Oisín Coghlan has been Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland since 2005. Oisín heads the panel of representatives of the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership and sits on the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). read more

Help bring our politicians back down to Earth tomorrow

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Oisín Coghlan

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Have you heard any journalist ask any candidate in the election a question about climate change or the environment?

Tomorrow we change that. Tomorrow we break the #climatesilence.

Young Friends of the Earth and the Environmental Pillar have joined forces for a hustings.

Join us at 5.45pm on Wed 17th

In person: Wynn's Hotel, Abbey Street Lwr, D1

Online: Live streaming on Persicope - @foeireland

On Twitter: #GE16environment

We now have 6 parties who have confirmed they will have a representative there: Fine Gael (Senator Cáit Keane), Sinn Fein (Lynn Boylan MEP), AAA-PBP (Richard Boyd Barrett TD), Green Party (Eamon Ryan). Fianna Fail and Labour have yet to name their representative.

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6 questions for every candidate in the election. Click to ask them now.

Posted on February 05, 2016 by Oisín Coghlan

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Activists outside Leinster House illustrate the "tug-of-war" between fossil fuels and renewables for the future of Irish energy policy

Politicians are always telling us that nobody ever mentions climate change on the doorstep.

Let’s change that this time.

Whenever candidates call to the door over the next three weeks, say you’re concerned about climate change. Tell them now by email.

You can mention the flooding, fracking, or Ireland doing its fair share, on the doorstep if you want but, actually, even just saying you’re concerned means the TDs in the next Dáil will be that bit more likely to listen to us.

If you do get into a conversation with them we have six questions - ask them any or all of them.

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Will the Energy White Paper live up to the spirit of Paris?

Posted on December 16, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

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We thought we'd let you know our take on the Paris Agreement.


Here's our press release
, including an inititial assessment of what the Paris deal means for Ireland. And here's a round-up of assessments by campaigners, journalists and academics.

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What I've been reading about the Paris Agreement

Posted on December 14, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

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I've been reading various assessments of Paris over the last 48 and I thought I'd share my round-up of the most pithy and insightful.

  • Bill McKibben came over all Michael Collins in the official 350.org response: "This didn’t save the planet but it may have saved the chance of saving the planet".

  • I like George Monbiot's line: "By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster".

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Enda let us down in Paris - tell him it's time to lead.

Posted on December 04, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

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Enda Kenny let us down in Paris.

Tell the Taoiseach it's time to lead.

I was in Paris on Monday to hear the Taoiseach address the opening of the UN Climate Conference. In the plenary hall he told the assembled world leaders "this requires action by everyone, Ireland is determined to play its part".

But he told the Irish media that he wanted special treatment, that the recession meant we couldn't hit our emissions targets and that climate change wasn't a priority.

It was deeply disappointing doublespeak.

We've joined with Trócaire and Uplift for this petition to tell Enda we want a climate leader not a special pleader.

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March for Paris, now more than ever

Posted on November 24, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

We need you now more than ever.

The French Government has cancelled the People's Climate March in Paris on Sunday, amid ongoing security fears. The people of Paris may not be able to march for climate justice but we can.

This movement is bigger than any one march, and we need everyone now more than ever. The Global Climate March -- which already consists of thousands of events, small and large, all around the world -- goes on. From London to Los Angeles, Quito to Quizon City, people are still taking to the streets. Join us in Dublin on Sunday at 2pm on Custom House Quay. There are also events in Belfast, Galway and Cork.

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It was twenty years ago today ...

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

Ken Saro Wiwa Dance

On the 10th November 1995, Ken Saro Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni leaders were executed by the Nigerian military. They had been campaigning to remove Shell and other oil multinationals from Ogoni land in the Niger Delta, after decades of oil operations and countless spills and accidents.

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Day of Action: email your TD, Dail rally, film screening. Oh, and finally ...

Posted on November 03, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

PrEPAring for FrackingI'm speaking at a briefing on fracking in Leinster House on Thursday lunchtime. Can you do me a favour and email your local TDs asking them to attend ? It'll only take a minute and they are much more likely to come when one of their own constituents asks them. Thanks.

The main speaker is a campaigner from Good Energies Alliance Ireland, based in Leitrim. They are very concerned at the increasing evidence that the EPA research on fracking is neither independent enough nor broad enough to be a legitimate basis for a Government decision for or against fracking. You can find out more here.

If you want to come to the briefing yourself, just email info@foe.ie and we'll organize entry to Leinster House for you.

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Our Director's speech to the MacGill Summer School on Ireland's energy future

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

Yesterday I delieverd a paper to the MacGill Summer School on "Ireland's Energy Crisis: What's to be done?". You can hear my 15 minute speech by clicking below. You can read the text here. And you can read the Irish Times report here.

 

 

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Let's pass the Climate Bill before TDs head for the beach

Posted on July 07, 2015 by Oisín Coghlan

Thanks to your campaigning the Government has agreed to make changes to the Climate Bill .

But now time is running out to get the Bill through the Dáil before the summer break. Next week's Dáil agenda will be set on Thursday and there's a real risk the Climate Bill will be dropped. Please press for TDs to pass it before they go holidays: On Twitter . On Facebook .

Click here to Like and Share this photo on Facebook NOW, please .

Heads in the Sand -Pass the Bill

It'll only take a minute and all the key decision makers are tagged in the photo of the fantastic Stop Climate Chaos photo stunt on Sandymount Strand last Saturday.

If you're on Twitter just click retweet below:

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