Climate Change

CLIMATE JUSTICE

24 January 2020

Time is running out, so we must invest in climate action now. Labour brought in Ireland’s first climate change laws, and the city bike schemes, and we can be relied on to cut emissions and build a low carbon economy. Labour will fund local government to deliver an ambitious home insulation scheme, targeting 100,000 homes … Continue reading Climate Justice

CLEAN AIR IS ESSENTIAL TO HEALTHY HUMAN LIFE

19 December 2019

The Labour Party used our Dáil time this week to call for a nationwide ban on smoky coal and for the Government to implement a new clean air strategy. An immediate ban on smoky coal is needed to save lives. Clean air and clean water are fundamental essentials to healthy, human life. The Labour Party … Continue reading Clean Air is Essential to Healthy Human Life

MOTION TO BAN SMOKY COAL

18 December 2019

Today in the Dáil, the Labour Party will be calling on the Government to implement a long delayed nationwide ban on smoky coal. I joined Kieran Cuddihy on Newstalk Breakfast to discuss why I feel the ban is necessary. You can read Labour’s full Motion below. You can listen back to my interview, here: The … Continue reading Motion to Ban Smoky Coal

YOUTH ASSEMBLY RECOMMENDATIONS

22 November 2019

Leinster House opened its doors last Friday to over one hundred and fifty able, articulate and remarkably energetic young people ranging in age from ten to seventeen to debate the crucial issue of climate change. Following an opening session in the Dáil chamber, the Youth Assembly delegates moved to Committee Rooms to debate a range … Continue reading Youth Assembly Recommendations

YOUTH ASSEMBLY ON CLIMATE CHANGE

18 November 2019

The Youth Assembly conducted itself with professionalism and seriousness in discussing a wide range of proposals and recommending ten of them to the political parties. Some of these proposals will require further research from the Labour Party, but we are glad to be able to immediately agree to several of them. Labour will support legislation … Continue reading Youth Assembly on Climate Change

GOVERNMENT SHOULD START ‘GREEN DUBLIN’ CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

31 October 2019

Speaking recently to The Irish Sun, I called on the Government to start a ‘Green Dublin’ campaign to improve air quality in our nation’s capital. You can read more here or below. You can also watch my speech in the Dáil on air quality here. Government urged to start ‘Green Dublin’ campaign to improve air … Continue reading Government Should Start ‘Green Dublin’ Campaign to Improve Air Quality

GOVERNMENT HAS ROOM TO IMPROVE ON RETROFITTING

22 October 2019

The Government must address the skills shortage in the retrofitting of homes through creating apprenticeships, training and job opportunities. I have raised this in the Dáil, and you can watch a video of my interaction below. Recently, Professor John Fitzgerald told the Committee on Climate Change that Irish households will spend between €25 and €75 … Continue reading Government Has Room to Improve on Retrofitting

GOVERNMENT FAILING TO ACT ON AIR POLLUTION

25 September 2019

Labour TD for Dublin West, Joan Burton, has accused the Government of being all talk and no action when it comes to tackling air pollution. The comments come as the latest report from the EPA said parts of Dublin city centre were likely to breach EU and WHO air quality guidelines this year. Deputy Burton, … Continue reading Government Failing To Act On Air Pollution

YOUTH ASSEMBLY ON CLIMATE

13 September 2019

On Friday November 15th the country’s first ever Youth Assembly on Climate is set to take place in Dáil Éireann. It will be a chance for young people to discuss what Ireland needs to do to take action on climate and environmental issues. 157 young people will be selected to take part in this one-day … Continue reading Youth Assembly on Climate

AIR POLLUTION: A REAL AND PRESENT DANGER TO ALL

10 September 2019

I have been monitoring the increasing risk of air pollution in Dublin for some time now and I was the first Dublin TD to bring it up in a special Topical Debate in the Dail. Carbon emissions from cars have been the centre of attention in the debate about climate change. Now there is evidence … Continue reading Air Pollution: A Real And Present Danger To All