Wednesday 21 February 2018

Will new Government ignore green policies?

In its limited consideration of pressing environmental issues, the Fine Gael/Labour Programme for Government includes a commitment to "allow an exemption for domestic turf cutting on 75 National Heritage Area sites subject to the introduction of an agreed national code of environmental practices".

So are we to take it then that, when our new Government travels to Europe to renegotiate the terms of the bailout, it will also be seeking to renegotiate our commitment to EU environmental policy?

Are we to be exempted from key provisions of EU law on nature conservation? And what about our commitment to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity? And the UN's new 10-year strategy for nature conservation, which Ireland committed to last October. Is that something which our new Foreign Affairs Minister will be raising at the UN General Assembly?

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