Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy has called for action to be taken by all to combat the consequences of climate change. Deputy Murphy was speaking at a Fianna Fáil meeting in Athlone Institute of Technology which was addressed by leading climate change experts within the energy, transport, and agriculture sectors.

Deputy Murphy commented, “Our meeting in Athlone highlighted in a dramatic way the urgent need for us all to make a difference to protect our communities as climate change already affects our daily lives.

“As my Party spokesperson on the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief I know all too well how the change in weather patterns, as a consequence of climate change, are impacting on people’s homes and lives. It was interesting to hear from Dr. Conor Murphy of Maynooth University on the requirement for us all to make changes.

“We had engagement with Thomas Ryan of the Irish Farmers Association. It is important that any 2030 targets or carbon taxes must be done in consultation with stakeholders, particularly those in isolated rural areas.

“This matter must be taken seriously and more has to be done from government if we are to meet our 2030 targets and protect our country for generations to come. In Athlone I was delighted to meet with an informed and engaged audience, many of whom have been doing their part to protect the environment for decades.

“Ten days ago, students took to Leinster House and landmarks all around the world to strike from school to call on governments to take stronger actions against climate change.

“This is a conversation we must continue to have and take daily actions in our lives. I am looking forward to hosting a meeting in the coming months in Roscommon-Galway to ensure this is continued in our area,” concluded Deputy Murphy.