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ACTION: For the Love of ...Solar Schools

Please change the planning exemptions so that schools and community buildings can install solar panels, without the added expense of seeking planning permission.

We love Solar Power! It's clean, free and zero carbon, but in Ireland we have hardly any of it.

And the reason why has nothing to do with how much sun we get! It's because Ireland has unique rules that are designed to make installing solar panels REALLY hard. It is particularly hard for schools.

One of these rules is planning permission.  Schools need planning permission to install even one solar panel.  It's madness, and adds significant cost. 

For years politicians have promised to change this.  They even leaked a story to the papers in August, that they had done it! But they haven't. 

Today, the change is in the hands of Minister Peter Burke. 

Please email him today, and ask him to make good on the promise of many before him, for the Love of Solar. 

ACTION: Make your promise on LNG a policy!

We want to see a robust Government policy statement on Liquefied Natural Gas

On April 28th 2020 both Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin signed a statement saying "Both of our parties accept that as we move towards carbon neutrality, it does not make sense to build new large scale fossil fuel infrastructure such as liquefied natural gas import terminals"

Following this the Programme for Government was agreed, which committed to developing a policy statement to prevent the importation of fracked gas.

But the Government has done nothing to make good on this promise, and the threat is growing every day that the fossil fuel industry will start to build liquified natural gas terminals in Ireland. There are now potentially 5 terminals in the making, and plans to turn Ireland into the gateway location for the transportation of fossil gas though Ireland into the UK and Europe. As a country we were groundbreaking in establishing a ban on fracking in 2017, so to import fracked gas from abroad is tantamount to offshoring the injustice that communities subjected to fracking face. It would also add fuel to the climate crisis.

Email your Government TD's and Senators today and tell them to Act Now to prevent LNG terminals - floating or fixed - in Ireland. 

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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‘Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects’

Issued in the blog on April 04, 2017 at 12:37:00.

SEAI & IEA Task 28 Seminar, ‘Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects’

29/03/17, Clayton Hotel Burlington Road:    

David West, Dublin Friends of the Earth


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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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Help us bring Mr Frackhead to Ireland

Issued in the blog on March 09, 2017 at 17:45:00.

Mr Frackhead

Over 11,000 people signed the petition urging TDs to progress the Bill to ban fracking without delay. It was the fastest and biggest response to an action we have ever had. Thank you.


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Have you signed the fracking petition yet?

Issued in the blog on February 08, 2017 at 09:43:00.

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5657 people haven now signed our petition to tell the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action to pass the Bill to ban fracking without delay.

But we don't have your name yet.

It has been retweeted across the world including by celebrities Susan Sarandon, Glen Hansard and Mark Ruffalo, to name a few who are showing their support.

Will you add your name?

The Bill is under a public consultation phase which ends this Friday, 10th February. We really want to pass 10,000 signatures before then with our sister petition on (maybe you signed there?) which has 3220 names already.

Help us get to 10,000 signatures by the time the public consultation closes this Friday .

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One win. One Fight. One Favour.

Issued in the blog on January 27, 2017 at 01:06:00.

One win ...

Last week we asked you to contact your TDs to ask them to support the Bill to divest state funds from fossil fuels. Yesterday the Dáil voted 90 votes to 53 to progress the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill to the next stage. This is a real victory for people power given the Government steadfastly opposed the Bill and Fianna Fáil were on the fence right up to decision time.



Read our press release reacting to the historic vote: "This is first real sign of leadership from Ireland on climate action".


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Historic step as Dáil backs Bill to divest state funds from fossil fuel companies

Issued in news on January 26, 2017 at 23:42:00.

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Government Defeated as Dáil takes historic step towards fossil free future

Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill passes second stage 90-53

Friends of the Earth has hailed as "historic" today's Dáil vote to progress a Bill to pull taxpayer's money out of fossil fuel companies. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill passed Second Stage by 90 votes to 53. Fine Gael and the independents who support the minority government were the only TDs to vote against the Bill, which will now passes to a Dáil Committee. It was the seventh Dáil defeat for the government since it was formed last year.

Commenting on the landmark vote, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

"This is first real sign of leadership from Ireland on climate action.

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Fracking ban could stall unless we act now

Issued in the blog on January 24, 2017 at 14:54:00.


A couple of months ago, the Dáil unanimously agreed to consider a law to make fracking illegal in Ireland. There were celebrations!

But now supporters of fracking are trying to bog it down in endless Committee discussions. Please sign this petition to tell TDs to pass the law without delay.

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Tell TDs to ban fracking without delay.

The Oireachtas Committee considering the Bill want to know what the public thinks, and are asking you for your opinion on fracking and unconventional extraction of fossil fuels.

So, no time to rest on our laurels, we need to make sure TDs know the evidence is crystal clear: for our health, land, water and climate, fracking is bad news and should be banned.

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Tomorrow belongs to us

Issued in the blog on January 19, 2017 at 12:36:00.

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Tonight ...

The Dáil debates a Bill to divest taxpayers' money from fossil fuel companies, one of our top demands as part of Stop Climate Chaos.

And it hangs in the balance. We know all the smaller parties will support the Bill. The Government is likely to oppose it. Fianna Fáil are key and have been considering their position all week.

Supporters have been emailing TDs. But what would make the most difference now is a phone call. I called one of my TDs yesterday and it took less that 3 minutes.

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