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15th April 2019 | Climate Change, Political Reform

Cuffe calls for climate justice at launch of Euro campaign

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The Green Party today launched its bid to regain a Green Party seat for Dublin in next month’s European Parliament elections.

Their candidate Councillor Ciarán Cuffe launched his campaign in the Dublin Woollen Mills cafe beside the Ha’penny Bridge and vowed to make action on climate change his key priority. He also said that Dublin’s housing crisis demands action from Europe.

Cllr Ciarán Cuffe said:

“This is the Climate Change election for Dublin. If we’re serious about taking climate action we need a strong green voice for Dublin in Europe. I want to be that voice.

“Dublin needs a green voice in Europe so that climate change, housing and traffic congestion receive the attention they deserve. The Irish Green Party is part of the European Greens, and will be in a pole position to press for climate action and a just transition in the next European Parliament, but this will only happen if the Green Party gets your number one vote.

“A Greener European Parliament could help us build A-rated new homes and retrofit the homes we have to modern standards. It could approve a transport package that spends more on active travel than it does on motorways.  It could clean up the water quality in our rivers and canals, so that Dublin Bay is clean and sparking rather than contaminated with sewage.

“I’ve campaigned for Dublin from marches to save Wood Quay with Mary Robinson as a schoolboy, to proposing ‘trams not jams’ in the 90s, to tackling climate change today. Now, more than ever Dublin needs a green voice in Europe. The future can’t wait.”

Following the launch Cllr Cuffe brought his Dutch colleague Bas Eickhout, MEP and European Green Leading Candidate, on a bus tour of central Dublin and the Docklands area, highlighting areas where the European Parliament could act.

The tour passed by Facebook’s European Headquarters in Grand Canal Dock; the Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone, the Dublin Bay Biosphere; the Ringsend Waste to Energy plant; Dublin Port, and the Sheriff Street area. At each stop Cllr. Cuffe discussed actions that the European Parliament and European Commission could take to improve Dublin for all. This included plans for District Heating in the Docklands, and Public Housing in Ringsend.