Saturday 21 October 2017

Assembly will look at tackling climate change

Climate change is the third of five topics to be discussed by the assembly, made up of 99 citizens, randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate. Stock picture
Climate change is the third of five topics to be discussed by the assembly, made up of 99 citizens, randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate. Stock picture
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

The Citizens' Assembly is to meet over two weekends from late September to discuss how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change.

The assembly has called for the public to make submissions on the topic up to August 11, with chair Ms Justice Mary Laffoy saying climate change was a "global talking point" and required further discussion.

Climate change is the third of five topics to be discussed by the assembly, made up of 99 citizens, randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate.

"The assembly has been tasked with considering some of the most complex topics facing Irish society and on this occasion, I think it is fair to say we will be looking at something that has posed a challenge for societies right across the world," Ms Justice Laffoy said.

The assembly will meet on the weekends of September 30 and November 4. Submissions can be made online at www.citizensassembly.ie or by post to Citizens' Assembly, 16 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, to arrive no later than August 11.

Irish Independent

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