The Irish Times view on Ireland’s climate policy: A shameful record of inaction

The Government is moving far too slowly to mitigate the causes of global warming

Reports have piled up indicating that Ireland is moving more slowly to mitigate the causes of climate change than critics of government inaction feared. Photograph:  Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Reports have piled up indicating that Ireland is moving more slowly to mitigate the causes of climate change than critics of government inaction feared. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted last January to the European Parliament that Ireland was a “laggard” in fulfilling its climate change treaty obligations, and that he was “not proud” of this. In just five months since then, international evidence has mounted that climate change is accelerating even faster than anticipated. Meanwhile, reports have piled up indicating that Ireland is moving more slowly to mitigate its causes than critics of government inaction feared.

So far, there is no reason to believe that this Taoiseach takes the issue any more seriously than his predecessor. Enda Kenny set the bar very low when he waxed eloquent about the unprecedented threats posed by climate change inside the Paris UNFCCC conference in 2015. He then told the Irish media outside that we would not meet the targets he had just agreed to.

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