Latest National Biodiversity Plan is a missed opportunity

The fourth National Biodiversity Plan, which was published today, has been described as a missed opportunity by Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on climate and biodiversity, said: “A biodiversity crisis was declared in 2019, yet the actionable targets in this latest plan are few and far between. “It […]

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COP28 agreement falls short of what is required to avert climate breakdown

The agreement reached at COP28 is wholly inadequate and leaves the world on a collision course with catastrophic climate breakdown, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on climate and biodiversity, said: “While the consensus reached at the summit in Dubai has been described as historic by Environment […]

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Government’s plan to cut residential solar grants will undermine Ireland’s climate ambitions

Cutting the grant for residential solar panels from January will completely undermine the Government’s Climate Action Plan, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on climate and biodiversity, said: “This week, the Taoiseach is attending COP28 in Dubai where he has talked about Ireland’s need to reduce greenhouse […]

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Government must not repeat mistakes of the past with Climate and Nature Fund

The new €3.1 billion Climate and Nature Fund must not be allowed to facilitate fossil fuel related investments that are at odds with Government policy to reduce Ireland’s greenhouse emissions, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on climate and biodiversity, said: “The 2018 Irish Fossil Fuel Divestment […]

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Cairns expresses support for communities left devastated by floods

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has called on the Government and local authorities to offer every support available to households and businesses most affected by flood damage in the wake of Storm Babet. Deputy Cairns said: “The sheer scale of the clean-up operation after yesterday’s storm is staggering, with millions of euros worth of damage […]

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