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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

Congratulations to Donal O'Kelly on his Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award

Posted on August 15, 2013 by Oisín Coghlan

Donal O'Kelly Fringe First

Playwright Donal O'Kelly has won a prestigious Fringe First Award for his one-man show Fionnuala, a spine-tingling, stomach-churning insight into the mind of a Shell spin-doctor on the Corrib gas project in Mayo. The show is playing to rave reviews in Edinburgh where it got 4 stars from the Financial Times and a "Must See" accolade from The Stage. Donal has said he hopes the play might encourage a whistleblower to expose the dark reality of Shell's presence in Erris. Then just last Sunday the Observer rang a full-page investigative piece on allegations that Shell bought €35,000 worth of alcohol for the Gardai in Belmullet. Friends of the Earth's supports the call, made by Afri and others, for an independent investigation into the incident.

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Analysis of the Oireachtas climate Bill hearings

Posted on July 22, 2013 by Oisín Coghlan

Umbrella Day 2008 Irish Times photo - The photo from the front page of the Irish Times on 16th June 2008 depicting the Stop Climate Chaos Umbrella Action Day
The photo from the front page of the Irish Times on 16th June 2008 depicting the Stop Climate Chaos Umbrella Action Day

This is the unedited version of my opinion piece published in the Irish Times on Monday 15th July.

As the country experienced its most intense heatwave so far this century, the Oireachtas environment committee has been holding intensive hearings on the Government's proposed climate change Bill.

Despite the weather, and the fractious nature of the debate on the last Government’s climate Bill, nobody got hot under the collar in Committee Room 4. Instead, it’s been a positive, serious and constructive engagement, modelled on the health committee hearings on X legislation earlier in the year.

The Committee has had in-depth discussions with an array of stakeholders from the business, farming and environmental sectors as well as overseas aid agencies and economic and legal experts.

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Oisín's opening statement at Teagasc Great Debate on Climate Change and Food Security

Posted on July 13, 2012 by Oisín Coghlan

green_cow - Irish Agriculture claims to be the among the greenest in the world
Irish Agriculture claims to be the among the greenest in the world

The real link between food security and climate change

There is a concerted effort to promote a narrative that increasing Irish food production is a vital contribution to global food security and, therefore, action to reduce climate-changing emissions in Ireland should put no limit on the expansion of Irish agri-industry.

In reality, climate change is one of the biggest threats to food security, not action to contain climate change. Other main causes of food insecurity are conflict, natural disasters, poverty, access to agricultural inputs and good seeds for small farmers.

There is no shortage of food globally. The problem is not production, it's distribution. The 1 billion people who go hungry every day could be fed with just 3% of current world food supply.

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A letter to Joe Costello when I thought he was going to the Rio Summit, or a couple of things Labour could do if they wanted to show they take sustainability seriously

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Oisín Coghlan

Publication cover - Letter to Joe Costello on Rio+20 June 2012 - Cover image for Letter to Joe Costello on Rio+20 June 2012
Cover image for Letter to Joe Costello on Rio+20 June 2012

The Irish Times reported on Monday that Joe Costello, Minster for Development and Trade, would be joining Minister Phil Hogan at the Rio+20 Earth Summit.

We drafted a letter to him suggesting a couple of things he could usefully do to ensure Rio has a progressice impact in Ireland.

On Wednesday we discovered he wasn't going to Rio, the Irish Times was mistaken.

It's a pity really. Many countries are sending their prime minister, but not Ireland. Others are sending their deputy prime minister, but not Ireland. Last week the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste "launched" a blueprint for "Our Sustainable Future" but couldn't manage a word between them for reporters or the the public .

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Permanent link | Categories: climatechangeenergytransportwastewaterbiodiversityfoodandfarming

A thoughtful Dáil speech on the challenge of framing a forward-looking climate policy

Posted on October 17, 2011 by Oisín Coghlan

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.

I came across this thoughtful and constructive speech on the importance of climate legislation and the progress that was made in building all-party agreement in the last Dáil. It was made in reponse to Minister John Gormley's last Carbon Budget speech on 16th December last year.

How quickly can you identify who made it?

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Statements on the carbon budget allows Parliament to reflect on the progress, or otherwise, being made in various sectors in meeting the target to reduce carbon emissions by 3% annually as set out in the programme for Government three and a half years ago. Some progress has been made but some of it was probably due to the circumstances of the economic downturn.

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All parties commit to passing climate legislation

Posted on February 17, 2011 by Oisín Coghlan

All parties have now committed to passing climate legislation in the new Dáil.

Fine Gael

The Fine Gael manifesto includes the following on page 42:

Climate Change Legislation: Fine Gael will legislate for a climate change law that sets the Kyoto and EU2020 targets in national legislation but only on the basis of all party agreement.

Download the Fine Gael manifesto here.

Labour

The Labour manifesto includes the following on page 27:

Labour's Climate Change Bill will provide certainty about government policy, and a clear pathway for emissions reduction, in line with negotiated EU targets. Labour will also work at EU level to set up a national programme for forest carbon offsets.

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Fine Gael commits to climate legislation on all party basis

Posted on February 16, 2011 by Oisín Coghlan

The Fine Gael manifesto, published yesterday includes the following commitment to climate legislation on page 42.

11.1 Climate Change
Climate Change Legislation: Fine Gael will legislate for a climate change law that sets the Kyoto and EU2020 targets in national legislation but only on the basis of all party agreement.

You can download the manifesto here.

We're working on the cross-party support, with our allies in Stop Climate Chaos. You can join in here.

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Micheal Martin restates Fianna Fail commitment to Climate Change Bill

Posted on February 14, 2011 by Oisín Coghlan

I got the following email from Micheál Martin today, in response to an email from me (below) on the day after his election as leader of Fianna Fáil. It reaffirms his party's commitment to Climate Change Bill that the Government published before Christmas.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <michealmartintd@eircom.net>
Date: 14 February 2011 15:32

Dear Oisin,

The protection of our environment is a priority for Fianna Fáil. We are committed to an ambitious environmental programme which includes tackling climate change. We published the Climate Change Response Bill 2010 on the 23rd December 2010 which passed first stage in the Seanad before the Dail was dissolved.

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Positive noises as Oireachtas Committee publishes Climate Change Bill

Posted on October 14, 2010 by Oisín Coghlan

Joint-Committee-on-Climate-Change-and-Energy-Security

Yesterday the Oireachtas Climate Change Committee published a full Climate Change Bill with support from the members of the Committee from all parties. Read the committee's press release here.

Ministers Gormley and Cuffe responded with a pretty positive press release welcoming the Committee's Bill and, more importantly saying the Government Bill would be agreed and published "in the very near future". Earlier in the day the Taoiseach told the Dáil that the draft climate bill would be published "soon".

Friends of the Earth has also welcomed the Committee's Bill and urged the Government to build on this expression of consensus by bringing its own bill to the house as soon as possible before Christmas.

Today's Irish Times has a short report on it.

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Policy-making 21st century style: by tweet

Posted on May 29, 2009 by Oisín Coghlan

tweet your Greens

I didn't expect the public announcement that the Government will bring in climate legislation to come via Twitter but that's what happened just before lunchtime yesterday.

Yesterday was the culmination of a month long push to get the Government to provide long promised time for a new debate of the Climate Protection Bill in the Seanad. That's the bill Ivana Bacik drafted for us to launch our climate law campaign back in 2007 and introduced in the Seanad when she became a Trinity Senator.

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