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Greens vow to end our reliance on oil

THE Greens have vowed to end Ireland's dependence on oil by 2030 if the party is returned to government in the upcoming election.

The party, which faces a major battle to get any of its six TDs re-elected, said the country's energy independence lay in boosting the wind and energy supply, electrifying transport and retrofitting buildings.

Green leader John Gormley said the party was determined to break the dependence on oil, which he claimed costs more than €6bn a year.

"The next Government has an obligation to prepare our economy and society for an era of cripplingly high oil prices," Mr Gormley said.

"In doing so now -- and in deploying alternatives to fossil fuels -- we can create jobs and reduce our transport and heating costs."

The party said that if the Green Party formed part of the next government, it would establish a commission for oil independence to meet the 2030 target.

Former Energy Minister and Dublin South TD Eamon Ryan said that the Greens' environmental policy over the past three-and-a-half years had set the country on the road to having an oil-free economy.

"Ending Ireland's addiction to oil can secure our position as one of the world's leading nations in sustainable development," Mr Ryan said.

Irish Independent