EPA’s climate figures highlight urgency of increased climate and renewables action by Government – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has again restated IFA’s call on Government to introduce a robust climate activation programme to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland, particularly the increases from the transport sector. Thomas Cooney said, “The EPA’s figures published today represent a real call to action. While emissions from agriculture are expected to increase […]

Clúid response to the Housing Action Plan

Following publication of the Governments Housing Action Plan, Simon Brooke, Clúid’s Head of Policy, said this afternoon, “This strategy represents a large step forward.  We particularly welcome: The social housing target of 47,000 new homes by 2021.  As with any plan, particularly one such as this, which involves a large number of stakeholders, the key […]

Farm Scale Renewables Must Form Part Of Government’s Future Energy Strategy – IFA

IFA Renewables Project Team Chairman James Murphy has called for the renewable energy strategy in the new Programme for Government to be built upon, by ensuring farm scale renewable energy projects are supported.   Welcoming Denis Naughten’s appointment as Minister for Natural Resources, James Murphy said, “The new programme for Government provides a real platform […]

Almost 50% of People Don’t Believe Any Political Party Has a Strong Job Creation Policy

On the day before General Election Day, IrishJobs.ie’s Jobseeker Sentiment Survey reveals The research shows that almost 50% (49.2%) of people (Both employed and unemployed) don’t believe any political party has a strong job creation policy 36% of people feel that a new Government will not have an impact on job creation 29% of people […]

FF To Support A Minority FG Government: 5/1

With a General Election having finally being called for Friday February 26th, BoyleSports is offering 5/1 that Fine Gael will publicly support Fianna Fail. In the past 24 hours the odds on a Fine Gael minority government have hardened into 4/1 from 5/1, with a Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil government favourite at 7/4 but also on […]

Court Of Auditors Report Confirms Failures Of Irish Governments – Carthy

Speaking in response to the European Court of Auditors report into the Commission’s management of bailout programmes, Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy, has said that the report reconfirms the fact that it was the Fianna Fáil government policy choices which saw the Irish people sacrificed in order to save Banks and protect vested financial interests. […]

Government establishes its Climate Change Advisory Council

The order legally establishing the Climate Change Advisory Council was signed by the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, TD, on the 18th of January.  The important work of the Council commenced, on an interim basis, in June 2015 and it has already held two preliminary meetings. The Council is an independent advisory body which […]

Construction Industry Federation calls on the Government to use emergency EU legislation to repair flooding damage and restore access to homes and businesses

Tom Parlon, Director General of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) stated: “The appalling flooding that has struck the country over recent weeks has destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.  The number of roads and transport links which were, and in many cases, still are affected, is very high.  The fact that today dozens of school buses […]

Ballyhea Says No – Week 250 – Why we persevere

by Diarmuid O’Flynn Last Sunday we marked week 250 of the Ballyhea Says No campaign against the imposition of odious bank-debt on the Irish people. In the days before and after I was asked many times – how have ye kept going? How do ye persevere with a cause that gets so little publicity? My […]

New housing package announced by Government will increase the supply of new homes

The announcement yesterday evening by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly that he is to reduce levies for construction and make changes to planning standards, will increase the supply of houses and lower construction costs significantly, according to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). Director General of the CIF Tom Parlon stated: “The removal of costs […]

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