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Ireland Bans Fracking

Issued in the blog on July 10, 2017 at 12:06:00.

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Ireland bans fracking (credit:journal.ie)

We've done it! Huge thanks to everyone involved.

On Thursday 6th July 2017, President Higgins signed the Bill to legally ban fracking in Ireland into law. 

The new law now makes it illegal for any one to look for or extract petroleum from Ireland's onshore.

The success of this campaign is down to the power of people working together to achieve a common goal. From the committed groups across Leitrim, to everyone who contacted their local TD, to those who signed our 11,000+ strong petition, those who showed up in the Dail and Seanad over the last few months, and those who held banners on the streets!  Everyone had a role to play.  Only together can we take on Government, and win!

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Six Steps to a Fossil Free Ireland

Issued in publications on June 21, 2017.

Ireland needs an Energy Revolution

Our vision is of a fossil fuel free Ireland by 2050.

An Ireland where nobody is dependent on fossil fuels for a warm home, a mobile life or affordable electricity.

An Ireland where everybody has the chance to own the renewable energy developments that will power our lives, and to participate in the decisions that get us there.

 

Read our Six Steps to a Fossil Free Ireland by 2050 here. 

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New Taoiseach should delay Government's climate change plan

Issued in news on June 14, 2017 at 19:20:00.

Varadkar signed petition calling for 'fair payment for solar electricity'

USI, Dóchas, the Environmental Pillar and Stop Climate Chaos issue joint letter

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Dail fracking ban a great victory for local campaigners, boost for global climate movement

Issued in news on May 31, 2017 at 17:06:00.

Mr Frackhead outside Dail 2017-14

Dáil passes fracking ban in a great victory for local campaigners
Historic move a boost for global climate movement

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Ireland's Deputy Director, Kate Ruddock, said

"This ban is a great victory for the local campaigners who have mobilized and educated themselves, their communities and their elected representatives on the threat fracking poses to local water, regional employment and global climate. It's a real honour for us to work alongside them to progress this Bill in parliament.

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SEAI Energy Show: An Overview of Energy in Ireland

Issued in the blog on May 10, 2017 at 11:23:00.

SEAI Energy Show: An Overview of Energy in Ireland

David West, Dublin FoE, April 2017

posted by Guest Blogger

According to the most recent SEAI energy data report (2015), in line with the recovery from the aftermath of the economic crash, 2015 saw the first year of an increase in energy use in Ireland since 2009. Given this fact, the SEAI Energy Show offered the chance to see where Ireland currently stands on our energy consumption, greenhouse emissions and the mitigation of this impact through renewable energy project roll-outs and innovationsin green technologies.

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Bill to Ban Fracking in Ireland passes another major legislative hurdle today

Issued in news on May 09, 2017 at 17:43:00.

Mr Frackhead outside the Dail graphic

A major success for environmental campaigners in Ireland

Progress of this Private Members Bill a testament to New Politics

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment’s decision to pass a Bill which would ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Ireland today. This marks the ‘third stage’ or ‘committee stage’ debate on this Bill.

The proposed Bill received unanimous support from the Dail late last year, and a public consultation undertaken earlier this year also received overwhelming support with 8,000 submissions received in favour of legislating to ban fracking in Ireland compared to one submission which opposed it.

Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth said

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Naughten's climate plan is an 'F'-ing disgrace

Issued in the blog on April 19, 2017 at 17:55:00.

FoE_F_Rating_2_HiResIf Minister Naughten's draft climate plan was a fridge-freezer it would get an F-rating.

Click here to tell him we want a new plan that we can be proud of.

After 6 years Enda Kenny's Government has finally published a draft climate plan. But it's so awful it's embarrassing. In the face of the greatest threat humanity faces Ireland is looking for a free ride.

It's not really a plan at all, it reads like a discussion document. And it doesn't actually adopt any new actions to reduce Ireland's emissions.

Our political leaders are putting vested interests ahead of the public interest. And they are counting on the public not paying attention.

We want your help to prove them wrong.

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Bill to Ban Fracking one step closer to becoming law

Issued in news on April 12, 2017 at 16:38:00.

Ban Fracking Report April 2017-16

Friends of the Earth
Press Release
12 Apr 2017

Bill to Ban Fracking one step closer to becoming law

Campaigners welcome Oireachtas Committee Report on the proposed Bill to Ban Fracking

Environmental campaigners from Friends of the Earth and Love Leitrim welcome the Oireachtas Committee report launched today on the detailed scrutiny of the proposed Bill to Ban Fracking. The campaigners fought with Mr Frackhead, a large puppet representing the corporate fossil fuel lobby outside the Dail today to demonstrate their support for the Bill to ban fracking, and to show there is no place for fossil fuels in Ireland's future.

Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director at Friends of the Earth, said,

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What's possible in just one hour?

Issued in the blog on March 24, 2017 at 16:27:00.

Earth Rise


This Saturday is the 10th annual Earth Hour, when people turn off their lights in a "a global moment of solidarity for climate action", as President Michael D Higgins called it today.

As a supporter of Friends of the Earth you know that symbols can be important, but they only get you so far in the struggle to shift Ireland to a more sustainable path. Our fight for a fossil free future is fought week in, week out against political indifference, bureaucratic inertia and vested interests.

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Plan shows Government in Denial over Climate Change

Issued in news on March 15, 2017 at 19:07:00.

draft NMP 2017

5 years in the making, climate "action plan" contains no new actions to reduce pollution

Enda Kenny just doesn't get climate change. We can only hope his successor as Taoiseach does

Responding to the publication today of the Government's long-awaited draft National Mitigation Plan to cut climate-changing emissions, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said:

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