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Ryan will have to outline cost of ambitious plans

Hugh O'Connell


 

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael may have failed to commit to the Greens' demand for a 7pc reduction in annual emissions, but they offered plenty of firm commitments on the climate agenda to signal that the next government could be the greenest ever.

The Civil War parties answered 'Yes' to seven of the Greens' 17 questions and offered concessionary, if at times vague, language on the other 10.

The letter from Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin included commitments to invest in major retrofitting and offshore wind farm programmes, and exploring ways to end fossil fuel exploration and direct provision.