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Saturday 24 February 2018

Climate group hasn't met in over year

Paul Melia

A CABINET sub-committee set up to spearhead the Government's response to climate change has not met in a year.

But Environment Minister John Gormley is not concerned -- a spokesman last night said major decisions surrounding the climate change issue were discussed at cabinet and that senior officials regularly met.

The committee, which is chaired by Taoiseach Brian Cowen and includes Green Party leader John Gormley, was due to meet two weeks ago but the meeting was post-poned. The last time it met was on October 7 of last year. "The cabinet sub-committee is there to drive forward climate change policy," a spokesman for Mr Gormley added.

"A series of measures, not least in excess of €100m for retro-fitting homes, have been made at Cabinet."

Yesterday, the Dail Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security published its climate change bill which would make the Taoiseach of the day responsible for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The bill's author, Labour's Liz McManus, said: "I would hope the Government would adopt this bill. It's a clear statement that Ireland is setting out on a new course."

Irish Independent

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