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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

Greens flexing muscles not jumping ship

Posted on May 18, 2009 by Oisín Coghlan

Green Party banner: Climate Change - It's Time to Act

I'm puzzled by the political analysis in the media since Dan Boyle called for a review of the Programme for Government last Friday. Every piece I've read concludes that the Greens are, in Stephen Collins words in today's Irish Times, "positioning themselves for a withdrawal from coalition in the not too distant future".

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Minister and I differ over Ireland's position on emissions cuts

Posted on December 01, 2008 by Oisín Coghlan

John Gormley at Umbrella Action Day 2007

I expect to disagree with the Government from time to time on the positions they take on climate change policy. That's what campaigners and governments do after all.

I don't expect to disagree about what the Government's position actually is, but that's what's happened in advance of the EU ministers meeting this week.

You can see the report on today's RTE News online here.

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UN Climate Talks start in Poland

Posted on December 01, 2008 by Oisín Coghlan

The opening of the UN climate talks in Poznan

The latest round of UN climate talks start in Poland today in the city of Poznan. Poznan is the birth place of Copernincus the first man to suggest that the Earth revolved around the sun rather than the other way around. Where better to get down to the serious business of agreeing how to avoid trapping so much of the Sun's heat in the atmosphere that we tip the climate system into chaos.

The deadline for a global agreement is 12 months time in Copenhagen so for the next two weeks 9000 delegates and campaigners will decend on Poznan to hammer out the outlines of a deal.

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draft notes

Posted on February 03, 2007 by Oisín Coghlan


We wrote to you at Christmas to celebrate the fact the Climate Bill we campaigned so hard for became law.

Thank you again, it would not have been possible without your support.

Now we need your help to make that fossil free future a reality: banning fracking, unleashing a solar revolution, and keeping peat and coal in the ground.

The good news is that we have raised €11,415 of the €25,000 we need to keep our campaigning going.

And the really good news is that anything you give right now will be TRIPLED because it’ll allow us to draw down grant financing that closes in a few weeks. For every €1 you give us we’ll have €4 to fight for a fossil free future.

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