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PRESS RELEASE: Happy Pear Twins fly the Foodie Flag for People4Soil Campaign

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Immediate Release With just four weeks left to reach Ireland’s target, The Happy Pear twins are calling on all food lovers to add their signature to the People4Soil petition to save our soil. Ireland needs 8,250 signatures before 12 September 2017 to pass the European Citizen’s Initiative petition which is pushing for the European Commission to pass a Directive to …

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PRESS RELEASE: Citizens’ Assembly must call for referendum on constitutional right to environmental protection

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The Citizens’ Assembly must call for a referendum to give a constitutional right to environmental protection to the people of Ireland, says the country’s leading environmental coalition. The Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations – outlined its view in a submission for the Assembly’s upcoming session on “How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling …

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PRESS RELEASE: Strict enforcement on hedgerow cutting to avoid further devastation to wildlife and habitats

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Immediate Release The Environmental Pillar reiterates that hedgerow cutting remains illegal during the month of August, and calls for stronger enforcement of existing wildlife laws. Ireland’s leading environmental coalition calls for existing wildlife laws on hedgerow cutting to be strictly enforced this month to avoid any further devastation to our wildlife and habitats this year. The Environmental Pillar – a …

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PRESS RELEASE: Higher diesel excise a step towards the inevitable ban on diesel and petrol cars

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Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has repeated its call for the State to increase excise rates for diesel as a progressive step towards the inevitable ban on the internal combustion engine. The Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations – also welcomes the UK’s decision to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol cars from 2040, and …

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PRESS RELEASE: Environmental NGOs slam Minister of State’s climate speech in New York

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Immediate Release The government should focus on its own mitigation efforts instead of offering the false hope of helping poorer countries adapt to climate change through unsustainable agricultural practices, Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has said. The comments from the Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations – follow a speech from Minister of State for Agriculture and …

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PRESS RELEASE: New Seanad Report on Brexit’s threat to the environment welcomed by environmental groups

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Immediate Release Ireland’s leading environmental coalition welcomes the Seanad’s calls for concrete action to ensure environmental regulation remains rigorous across the island of Ireland in a post-Brexit world. A new Seanad report – Brexit: Implications and Potential Solutions – calls for Ireland to be “considered a single bio-geographic unit” amid fears that UK and EU regulation in this area “may fall …

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PRESS RELEASE: Three key budget policies to net over €200m in revenue and protect environment

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Immediate Release Leading environmental organisation outlines three key budget policies to net over €200m in revenue and limit environmentally damaging activities. Taxing environmentally damaging practices and giving the money back through investment should be a key initiative of Budget 2018, Ireland’s largest environmental organisation has told the Minister of Finance. In its pre-budget submission to Minister Paschal Donohoe, the Environmental …

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Historic Bill to ban onshore fracking a boost for the global climate movement, says Ireland’s leading environmental organisation

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Today’s passing of the historic Bill to ban onshore fracking is a great victory for local campaigners and a boost for the global climate movement, Ireland’s leading environmental organisation has said. The Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016 will now move on to the President for signing after passing through the Seanad this afternoon. …

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PRESS RELEASE: CONFERENCE BREXIT AND IMPACT ON THE IRISH ENVIRONMENT, 16 June 2017

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Crucial cross-border cooperation to protect the environment across the island of Ireland must not be “diluted” by Brexit, warned MEPs, NGOs and leading legal experts at a conference today. The views were expressed at a conference in Dundalk today [Friday, 16 June 2017] to examine the potential impacts on the Irish environment in a post-Brexit world and explore opportunities for …

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Press Release: Pillar wholeheartedly denounces Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Agreement

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President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement shows a profound lack of solidarity with the rest of the world in tackling the universal threat of climate change. The Environmental Pillar wholeheartedly denounces the decision, which puts the Agreement’s goal of limiting global average temperature to within 2°C above pre-industrial levels in doubt. Mr Trump finally announced …

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