Wicklow County Council deserves credit for leading the charge nationally in declaring a biodiversity and climate-change emergency, said Fine Gael European Election candidate for Ireland South, Andrew Doyle today (Friday).
“Wicklow County Council became the first local authority in Ireland to declare an emergency, recognising the need to respond more urgently to climate breakdown threats, along with the global decline of species,” he said.
“This, on its own merit, is admirable, but what makes me prouder is the fact that the Dáil last night followed suit by also declaring a climate and biodiversity emergency. This came on foot of the report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action being adopted. Ireland is just the second country in the world to declare an emergency on this vital issue. We are entering a period of immense change – in how we work, travel and live. But I’m encouraged by the fact that all-parties are committed to the task ahead
“In a report published last December, Ireland was ranked the worst country in Europe in addressing climate action. Last night’s move sends a clear message to both to the Government and the Irish people that we are now ready to tackle the challenges ahead.
“I would like to pay tribute to Wicklow County Council by setting an example in their initiative earlier this month. Wicklow has a long tradition of respecting and nurturing the natural amenities it its county and Councillors, management and staff have really led the charge on this issue, which I hope other local authorities will follow.”
MEP candidate in the ‘Ireland South’ constituency for Fine Gael
Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture
Andrew Doyle is the Fine Gael MEP candidate for the Ireland South constituency in the upcoming European elections. He is currently the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, with responsibility for Food, Forestry and Horticulture.
His long political career has resulted in extensive experience and knowledge at a national, European and global level – across a variety of key topics such as agriculture, food, fisheries, marine, tourism and business. A member of Fine Gael since 1983, Andrew has served the party at every level from constituency chair to County Councillor, to serving as a TD, front bench spokesperson on agriculture, Chair of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, and now as Minister.
The European Union is pivotal to Ireland and it is vital for Ireland to remain in the heart of Europe. Ireland needs a strong and effective voice in Europe – Andrew Doyle is that voice.
Andrew Doyle has five key priorities in this campaign. He will work to:
Ensure Ireland and Leinster remain in the heart of Europe
Protect the environment and promote climate friendly food production
Support the farming community, ensure CAP is retained and promote the Agri-Food and Drink sector
Cut red-tape and bureaucracy for SMEs and Businesses
Support EU overseas development aid
For further details, please contact: