Speaking today Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said:
“It beggars belief that in the days after the electorate has unequivocally expressed a desire to see genuine action on climate, which the Taoiseach has personally acknowledged, his government would turn round and issue licences for drilling in Irish waters.
“The Government is publicly saying to the people of Ireland that it recognises the seriousness of the environmental crisis, supports the Dáil’s declaration of a climate emergency and is promising action while, behind closed doors, it is business as usual. It is a sad state of affairs when the public is being fundamentally misled by this government as to their intentions on climate action and it represents a serious failure of judgement and abdication of responsibility.”
Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD said:
“If the Government is serious about climate action it needs to keep fossil fuels in the ground. The Taoiseach said that the climate emergency declaration was symbolic in the Dáil – these licences are symbolic of Fine Gael’s total failure to comprehend the reality of a climate emergency.
“I have no faith in this government to deliver anything on climate beyond smoke and mirrors and empty promises”
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