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Part of the answer to Ireland's climate crisis is to "put a bloody jumper on", top civil servant Robert Watt told an environmental conference last week.

Watt may have been joking when he spoke at a conference on the budgetary impact of climate change organised by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, although he also said that he believed in confiscating mobile phones from his children if they left house lights on, so perhaps not.

The harsh reality of tackling climate change is that it will impose large costs on both consumers and the State budget at a time when finances are also being stretched by the rising health costs of an ageing population - as well as demands for more spending in areas like housing and education.