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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

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: <>
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


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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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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