Question to the Taoiseach on Green Policies

I had the opportuntiy to ask the Taoiseach about his thoughts on emmulating some of the successful Green policies implemented in other countries and if he had discussed environmental policy during a recent conversation with President Macron of France.

While I was asking about positive measures that he could implement, he defended theemission heavy livestock sector, suggested paying EU emissions fines with increased carbon taxes and committed to Ireland's ongoing use and exploration of oil and gas.

Fossil free Ireland

Ireland has taken a major step in the right direction in the fight against climate change. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2016 which starts the process of divesting millions from fossil fuel companies was passed today in the Dáil. 

This Bill shows a real chance that Ireland can make a significant change to the way we invest in public money. It strengthens Ireland's stance on climate change, and it shows that Ireland does not stand for the future which Donald Trump, nor his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, stands for.


Restoring "Environment" to Ministry

It's good news that the Government and Minister Denis Naughten have listened to the feedback from environmental groups, the general public and the Green Party and restored 'environment' to the title of a ministry. 

Minister Naughten confirmed to me in the Dáil on Tuesday that his department will now be called the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

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