No sign of Minister Hogan’s Climate Change Bill today – is he adding some teeth?

12th February 2013
Press Release

The Heads of Bill of a Climate Change bill were to be produced by Phil Hogan T.D. the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government today. Seemingly it did not go in front of Cabinet today.

Now is an opportunity for the Minister to include targets in his Climate Change Bill. An Taisce will denounce any Bill that does not include targets as ‘Gutless’ and ‘Toothless’.

Professor Sweeney President of An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland stated “We have seen in Ireland that ‘Light Touch’ and ‘Aspirational’ policies have not worked where regulation is essential. This is true from planning to banking to protection of our natural resources. We know the disastrous consequences which flow from this approach.”

ENDS

For further information, please call:

Professor John Sweeny, An Taisce President – Tel: 087 247 6516

Charles Stanley-Smith, An Taisce Communications – Tel: 087 2411995

James Nix, Operations Director, An Taisce – Tel: 086 8394129

Email: publicaffairs@antaisce.org

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland

Notes:

A report by Harry McGee in The Irish Times of Monday 11th January http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2013/0211/1224329906904.html says there will be no binding targets.