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The Greens' coalition red line that nobody knows how to draw

Fionnán Sheahan


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Green drive: Party leader Eamon Ryan.  Photo: Gerry Mooney

Green drive: Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Green drive: Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The senior civil servants warned them. They told the political parties it wasn't clear how to achieve the required reduction in greenhouse gases to bring emissions down by 7pc a year.

In a briefing note to the parties involved in government talks back in March, officials from the Department of the Taoiseach concluded emissions reductions of this magnitude would need "additional policy attention to a range of interventions to reduce demand and substitute fossil fuel usage across multiple sectors".

"This analysis has not been undertaken."