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Climate activists in Supreme Court win over State inaction

Caroline O'Doherty


Judgment to be ‘beacon for further cases’

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Success: Members of the Climate Case Ireland collective celebrate after the Supreme Court ruled the State must produce an adequate national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.

Success: Members of the Climate Case Ireland collective celebrate after the Supreme Court ruled the State must produce an adequate national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.

Success: Members of the Climate Case Ireland collective celebrate after the Supreme Court ruled the State must produce an adequate national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.

Lip service, box-ticking and waffle are not up there with the most grievous of crimes to come before the courts but no lesser body than the Supreme Court has ruled their perpetration is not to be tolerated.

That's the effect of the unanimous judgment delivered by seven judges of the country's highest court that the State failed to provide an adequate plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

The National Mitigation Plan 2017, our only statutory climate action plan, is not even to be left on the shelf like so many other half-hearted climate initiatives. It is to be taken down and tossed in the bin.