Dark day for Irish biodiversity as Dail passes destructive Heritage Bill

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Immediate Release The passage of the destructive Heritage Bill through the Dail marks a dark day for Irish biodiversity, Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has said. The Government’s Bill was voted through yesterday evening with the support of Fianna Fail despite widespread opposition from all other parties, environmentalists, conservation groups and farmers working together with biodiversity. [1] [2] The Bill will …

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Brexit: NGO coalition calls on Barnier to stress need for cross-border environmental solution

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Immediate Release n environmental coalition has called on Michel Barnier to stress the need for a solution to the border issue that maintains full alignment of environmental rules on the island of Ireland post-Brexit. The EU’s top Brexit negotiator will be in Ireland next week to give a keynote address at the fourth plenary meeting of the All-Island Civic Dialogue on …

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Environmental NGOs concerned with Naughten’s decision on compostable throwaway cups

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Immediate Release Environmental coalition concerned with Minister’s latest mixed bag of proposals to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution and packaging waste. Responding to questions in the Dail yesterday on plans to reduce plastic packaging, the Minister for the Environment, Denis Naughten, TD, said that he no longer plans to introduce a levy on single-use compostable coffee cups as retailers move to introduce …

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Nature Scorecard shines light on Ireland’s failure to protect its natural heritage and internationally important habitats and species  

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Immediate Release The Irish state is failing in its duty to fully implement European Directives vital to protect numerous threatened species and habitats on our island. This is the finding of a new report published today by leading environmental NGOs, BirdLife Europe, WWF, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Friends of the Earth Europe. [1] The report, which received input from …

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Press Conference on State’s failure to consult Irish people on UK nuclear expansion

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Concerns about the UK’s nuclear expansion program and Ireland’s failures to consult with the Irish public were raised today by TDs and Senators from across the political spectrum, together with environmental NGOs, academics and the agricultural sector. The broad grouping came together for a briefing at Buswell’s Hotel at 11AM this morning organised by the Environmental Pillar and co-convened by the …

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International Day of Forests shows need for complete reform of failing State policy

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EMBARGOED: 12.01AM Wednesday 21 March 2018 As International Day of Forests falls upon us, Ireland’s latest forestry figures point to an urgent need for a root and branch reform of our failing forestry policy. [1]  According to the Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 30 national environmental organisations – data in Ireland’s latest Forest Statistics report point to a clear …

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New forestry figures point to urgent need for root and branch reform of failing State policy

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Immediate Release Ireland’s latest forestry figures are a clear sign of the urgent need for a root and branch reform of failing forestry policy, warns a coalition of environmental groups. According to the Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 30 national environmental organisations -the Forest Statistics Ireland 2017 report gives false reassurances that Ireland’s afforestation rates are improving. [1][2] The …

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PRESS RELEASE: Strict enforcement on hedgerow cutting and upland burning vital to avoid environmental devastation

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Immediate Release Strict enforcement on hedgerow cutting and upland burning during the prohibited season is vital to avoid the level of devastation witnessed last year, a coalition of environmental groups has warned. Once the remaining snow left from the Beast from the East along our country verges and on the uplands melts, it is crucial that we respect the ban …

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Environmental groups welcome long overdue public consultation on proposed UK Nuclear Power Plant

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Immediate Release The launch of a public consultation on the UK’s planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, less than 250km from Rosslare, is welcome but long overdue, leading environmental groups said today. An Taisce, Friends of the Irish Environment, and the Environmental Pillar said that it is vital that the Irish people now raise their concerns before the 17 …

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Environmental groups welcome Fine Gael Senator’s support for plastic bottle deposit return scheme

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Ireland’s leading environmental coalition welcomes support from Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone for a deposit and return system on plastic bottles, and calls on her party’s leaders to follow suit. The Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 28 national environmental organisations – is pleased to see the Senator’s support of this progressive policy which she says will put Ireland “on …

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