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Labour must focus on Greening of Ireland

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 12:12 PM

Labour member in Dún Laoghaire, Adam Hurley writes about our Greening of Ireland discussion at our 69th Annual Conference.

On Saturday we held a lively discussion on our "Greening of Ireland" policy document where members, elected representatives and guest speakers outlined the challenges facing the environment and how Labour plans on tackling climate change.

A 'Just Transition' for those working in the fossil fuel industry was viewed as critical to support the livelihoods of workers in rural areas.

 

Oisin Coghlan of Friends of the Earth complimented Labour's long-held commitment to environmentalism and argued for a "rooftop revolution" in which solar panels would be installed in all public buildings and private dwellings for the benefit of energy production locally.

Cllr Lettie McCarthy emphasised the need for the environmental revolution to be community-driven at a local level.

 

Bridin Moloney our local area rep in New Ross brought up that investing in rural transport is key when looking at how we reduce our carbon emissions.

On the whole there was a spirited engagement in the debate by our membership and a consensus in the hall that climate change is a non-partisan issue and something that Labour most focus on in the future.

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