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Environmental Pillar dismayed by Commission’s lack of agreement on climate policy

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22 January 2013: The Environmental Pillar expressed its dismay today at the European Commission’s disarray over climate policy.  Spokesperson Michael Ewing commented: “The split in the Barroso Commission on climate policy is worse than ever. Industry and Energy Commissioners, responding to fossil fuel lobbies, are stymieing agreement on Europe’s 2030 targets. The Climate and Environment Commissioners are effectively being prevented …

Cormac MulvihillEnvironmental Pillar dismayed by Commission’s lack of agreement on climate policy
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IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report is a bleak reminder of Government’s inaction on climate change

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27 September 2013: In light of the shocking Fifth Assessment Report released by the IPCC today, the Environmental Pillar is demanding that the government take urgent action to meet the biggest challenge of our time. Environmental Pillar spokesperson Michael Ewing said: “Ireland and other high-income OECD countries must take responsibility for ambitious emissions reductions by 2020 – of 30% for …

Cormac MulvihillIPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report is a bleak reminder of Government’s inaction on climate change
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No basis for Minister’s decision to get rid of packaging levy and container deposit return scheme

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12 September 2013: The Environmental Pillar is extremely disappointed at Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s announcement today that he will not go ahead with either a packaging levy or a container deposit and return scheme. ‘We’re very disappointed at the Minister’s decision,’ said Mindy O’Brien, spokesperson for the Environmental Pillar. ‘A properly constructed packaging levy won’t increase costs to business. It …

Cormac MulvihillNo basis for Minister’s decision to get rid of packaging levy and container deposit return scheme
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Environmental Pillar welcomes Ireland’s participation in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition

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Statement from the Environmental Pillar, 5 June 2013: The Environmental Pillar welcomes Ireland’s participation in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. We agree that air pollution and climate change need to be addressed in an integrated manner. Pollutants such as black carbon have a major impact on the climate as well as human health. We have called for the inclusion …

Cormac MulvihillEnvironmental Pillar welcomes Ireland’s participation in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition
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Aquaculture licencing appeals fees contrary to access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention

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31 May 2013 Dear Minister Coveney, (cc. Minister Hogan) During the month of May you issued c.35 Aquaculture licences for the Castlemaine Harbour in Co Kerry. As you know, under  S.I. No. 309/2003 — Sea-Fishing Boat Licensing Appeals (Fees) Regulations 2003, anyone other than the applicant wishing to appeal against the issuing of these licences must pay a fee of …

Cormac MulvihillAquaculture licencing appeals fees contrary to access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention
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Ireland should take the lead on EU air quality, says Environmental Pillar

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10 April 2013: The Environmental Pillar, a coalition of 26 Irish environmental organisations, is calling on Minister Hogan to show leadership in improving air quality across the EU during the Irish presidency period. This call comes in the lead-up to an Informal Council of EU Environment Ministers in Dublin on Monday 22 April, when Minister Hogan and his European counterparts …

Cormac MulvihillIreland should take the lead on EU air quality, says Environmental Pillar
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Environmental Pillar’s letter to Minister Hogan on action to improve air quality

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Re: Upcoming discussion on “air quality and urban environment” during the meeting of the Informal Council of European Union’s (EU) Environment Ministers of Monday 22 April 2013 9th April 2013 Dear Minister Hogan We are writing to you in view of the upcoming Informal Council of EU Environment Ministers of Monday 22 April to ask you to support ambitious action …

Cormac MulvihillEnvironmental Pillar’s letter to Minister Hogan on action to improve air quality
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Climate Action Bill won’t be worth the paper it’s written on warns Environmental Pillar

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Press release from the Environmental Pillar Climate Action Bill won’t be worth the paper it’s written on warns Environmental Pillar Insertion of Targets Urged The Environmental Pillar has welcomed the publication of the heads of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill but has expressed its disappointment that after many months and much to and fro, the Cabinet has …

Cormac MulvihillClimate Action Bill won’t be worth the paper it’s written on warns Environmental Pillar
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Environmental Pillar deeply disappointed at Hogan’s abandonment of climate change targets

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Environmental Pillar deeply disappointed at Hogan’s abandonment of climate change targets Calls on TDs to support Independent Climate Change Bill 11 February 2013: The Environmental Pillar has expressed its great frustration that Minister Hogan plans to bring a toothless Climate Change Bill to the Cabinet tomorrow. According to leaked information in the media today, the Bill will have neither targets …

Cormac MulvihillEnvironmental Pillar deeply disappointed at Hogan’s abandonment of climate change targets
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Phil Hogan reveals true colours by delaying Climate Bill

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The Environmental Pillar expressed disappointment at today’s announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, that a Climate Change Bill is not a priority. This represents a significant backtrack on the Government’s commitment to deliver climate change legislation by 2012. Commenting on behalf of the Pillar today, Tara Connolly, convenor of the Pillar’s Climate and Energy Working Group, said: …

Cormac MulvihillPhil Hogan reveals true colours by delaying Climate Bill