2nd February 2021 | Press Releases

Green Party welcomes immediate ban on new oil and natural gas exploration


Green Party Climate Action Spokesperson Brian Leddin TD has welcomed the move to introduce legislation to ban licences for new oil and natural gas exploration. The move to end new licences for oil and gas exploration has been a Green Party policy for many years and was a key commitment in the Programme for Government.

The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Green Party Leader, Eamon Ryan TD, today secured Cabinet approval for the inclusion of this legislation in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Amendment Bill, which is due to go before the Oireachtas in the coming weeks. This commitment has been given effect immediately, meaning no new applications will be now accepted by the Department.

Chair of the Joint Committee on Climate Action and Green Party Spokesperson for Transport, Climate Action and Environment, Brian Leddin TD, welcomed the announcement, commenting that the ban shows Ireland’s commitment to a sustainable future:

“This ban is an important step in the fight for Climate Action and a signal that Ireland is moving towards a future that is green and sustainable. Passing this legislation as part of the Government’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Amendment Bill means we can now move away from fossil fuels and give our complete focus to progressing our plans to transition to renewable energy, including wind and solar, as a way meet our future energy needs.”