Environmental Pillar criticises Jim Higgins MEP’s support for overfishing

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Dublin – 9th May 2011. The Environmental Pillar of social partnership has criticised Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins’ support for increasing fishing industry subsidies. Higgins is supporting European People’s Party members in calling for the Commission to double the financial assistance paid towards fuel costs for the fishing industry, because of rising oil prices.  But new research by Smart Taxes, …

Ian CareyEnvironmental Pillar criticises Jim Higgins MEP’s support for overfishing

Ireland’s Environmental Pillar says forests must remain in public hands

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Dublin – 21st April 2011. The Environmental Pillar of social partnership has called on Fine Gael and Labour to restate their commitment to the continued public ownership of Coillte. This follows Minister Brendan Howlin’s indications that he would not delay in moving on the sale of state assets identified in the McCarthy Report published yesterday. Speaking on behalf of the …

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Environmental groups call for retention of AEOS scheme

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The Environmental Pillar, an umbrella organisation that represents the Irish environment, has claimed that cancelling the AEOS scheme would be short-sighted. The group has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, to open the AEOS scheme for 2011. “The AEOS scheme provides superb value for money to the taxpayer, even in straitened times,” said Michael Ewing, a spokesman …

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Taoiseach urged to reform Seanad by nominating environmentalists

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The Environmental Pillar, an umbrella organisation that represents the Irish environment, called on the Taoiseach today to “begin a radical reform of the Seanad” by including leading environmental scientists and representatives in his list of Seanad nominees. “The scientific evidence shows that environmental degradation is occurring now, and that it is a growing threat to society,” said Joanne Pender of …

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Environmental Pillar asks incoming government to to set Ireland on the road to sustainable future

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The Environmental Pillar, which is made up of 27 national environmental groups, has asked the incoming government to ensure that it protects the fundamental needs of our society and economy by protecting and enhancing the natural environment.  In a detailed submission to the Fine Gael and Labour Parties, the Environmental Pillar outlined what is needed to be done in order …

Ian CareyEnvironmental Pillar asks incoming government to to set Ireland on the road to sustainable future

Ireland to be fined €26 million and daily fines of €33,000

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The Environmental Pillar calls on the Government: to take seriously its role as protector of the natural resources that are fundamental to all life, including human; to fully implement the Water Framework Directive, the Habitats Directive, the Birds Directive, and the EIA Directive; and in so doing to avoid the Irish taxpayer having to face huge fines. Because the Irish …

Ian CareyIreland to be fined €26 million and daily fines of €33,000

Corrib Gas Pipeline Decision ‘legally flawed’

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An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve planning permission for the final section of the Corrib gas pipeline in north Mayo has been condemned as ‘legally flawed by the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership. It demands that this development, along with all developments, must be completed in accordance with the law. “This decision is legally flawed because the legal requirements of …

Ian CareyCorrib Gas Pipeline Decision ‘legally flawed’

Environmental Pillar welcomes the Climate Change Response Bill

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Dublin – 16th December, 2010. The Environment Pillar of Social Partnership today welcomed the publication of the Climate Change Response Bill. However, it said the Bill’s ambition to transition Ireland to a smart low-carbon, high-value, high-employment economy needs to be sharpened, with a stronger stimulus created from more ambitious emission reduction targets. Pat Finnegan, Co-ordinator of the Environment Pillar’s Climate/Energy …

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Environmental Pillar nominates Siobhán Egan to European Economic and Social Committee

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The Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership has elected Siobhán Egan from BirdWatch Ireland to be its representative on the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). She was elected by the 27 member organisations that constitute the Pillar, and will now be the only environmental sector representative out of the total of 9 Irish representatives. The other four pillars of Social …

Ian CareyEnvironmental Pillar nominates Siobhán Egan to European Economic and Social Committee