Government Paying Lip Service to the Development of a Renewable Energy Sector – IFA

IFA Renewable Energy Project Team Leader Tom Short accused the Government of paying lip service rather than supporting the development of a renewable energy sector and the circular bioeconomy that will create sustainable employment for farming and rural communities. “It is clear from Government actions that they are only interested in supporting mega wind projects […]

Bord na Móna ‘in the business of climate action’, details investment in Green Economy and Just Transition Plans

Investment in renewable energy development, new business projects, waste recycling and resource recovery of over €1.6 billion over next ten years* Almost 100 new direct jobs and over 150 indirect jobs will be created in the development of renewable energy assets and new recycling operations by 2023. Waste recycling and resource recovery to create approximately […]

BUCANIER To Boost Irish SMEs With €2.9m Innovation Support Package

A €2.9million EU-funded initiative was today launched in Wexford to provide specialist support to 120 small businesses in the food and drink, life sciences and renewable energy sectors. The ICT, manufacturing, business services and creative industries will also benefit from the initiative which is designed to help Irish and Welsh SMEs boost trade through the […]

Certainty For Landowners & Community Involvement Necessary To Drive Renewable Energy

IFA’s Project Team Chairman on Renewable Energy, James Murphy has said reaching our targets on renewable energy depends on providing certainty to landowners and extending the level of community involvement in projects. James Murphy said, “There is significant potential to be unlocked from the farming sector to allow Ireland meet its commitments. In the past, […]

IFA seeks basic payment eligibility of lands used for solar

James Murphy, IFA South Leinster Chairman and Renewables Project Team Leader, has confirmed that discussions have commenced with the Department of Agriculture to progress the case that farmers who have solar projects on their land and also farm the land should be able to draw down the annual basic payment.   “Farmers right across the […]

IFA to develop Community Renewables Initiative

IFA Deputy President, Tim O’Leary, has confirmed that the Association is to work towards the establishment of a new community renewable energy business, aimed at providing rural communities with an opportunity to participate in and benefit from future renewable projects.   Speaking after a meeting of the Association’s Executive Council Mr. O’ Leary said, “To […]

Political sparring in Dublin Castle as Offaly students debate renewable energy targets

Students from Tullamore College, St Brendan’s Community School and Coláiste na Sinne, together with schools from all over Ireland, got to experience political sparring at the highest level today in Dublin Castle. They were debating the hot topic of renewable energy targets in the eighth annual Model Council of the European Union. Tullamore role-played Austria […]

Ireland could export as much electricity as we consume ourselves” – Minister Pat Rabbitte

Minister Rabbitte launches “Strategy for Renewable Energy 2012-2020” document. Confirms determination that 2020 renewables targets will be met – “good for the environment and good for jobs”. Holding talks on export protocol with UK Government next month Speaking in Dublin today, Pat Rabbitte T.D, Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources highlighted the scope for […]

Cloughjordan Ecovillage Experience Weekends

Cloughjordan Ecovillage Experience Weekends April 20 – 22, May 25-27, June 22-24 A new programme of events has been launched by the educational charity Sustainable Projects Ireland. It will offer a rich opportunity to learn about many aspects of sustainable living. The weekend courses, hosted at the Ecovillage in Cloughjordan on April 20-22, May 25-27 […]