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18th January 2019 | Climate Change, Press Releases

Fine Gael are, yet again, double-dealing on climate: Greens

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Minister Bruton says he wants Ireland to ‘lead on climate’ on the same day his department approves drilling for oil and gas.

As the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment told the media this morning he is determined to make Ireland a leader on climate, his minister of state was approving a licence to drill off the south coast.

The frontier exploration licence has been awarded to Providence Resources and the site is located in the southern Porcupine Basin off the south west coast of Ireland.

David Healy, Green Party Spokesperson on Climate, said:

“The gap between what Fine Gael says and what it does on climate has never been bigger.

“Again we need Fine Gael to stop talking about their concern and commitment to tackling climate change and start doing things. They are all talk and no action.

“If Fine Gael are in any way serious about tackling climate breakdown they must work immediately to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

“If the government want to know what leadership on this looks like they should consider France. Once the French signed up to the Paris agreement they stopped exploration for oil and gas.”