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Anger as farmers to be told to cut emissions by as much as 30pc

Fears of agriculture sector being ‘demonised’ as Taoiseach heads off to COP26 climate change summit

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Greta Thunberg arrives at Glasgow Central train station in Scotland, where the COP26 summit of world leaders opens today to tackle the growing climate crisis. Picture by Ian Forsyth/Getty

Greta Thunberg arrives at Glasgow Central train station in Scotland, where the COP26 summit of world leaders opens today to tackle the growing climate crisis. Picture by Ian Forsyth/Getty

Greta Thunberg arrives at Glasgow Central train station in Scotland, where the COP26 summit of world leaders opens today to tackle the growing climate crisis. Picture by Ian Forsyth/Getty

The Government’s climate action plan contains a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the agriculture sector by 22pc to 30pc — but the national livestock herd will not be cut, the Sunday Independent has learned.

The disclosure comes as leading climate scientist Tara Shine, who was appointed by the United Nations to work towards global climate goals, warns that Ireland must stop “demonising” farmers in the drive to reduce carbon emissions.


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