Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action & Environment Timmy Dooley TD has welcomed the publication of the Advisory Council’s review which again highlights the scale of Fine Gael’s inaction on the climate crisis.

Deputy Dooley is calling on Minister Bruton to respond to each of the Council’s specific recommendations in its comprehensive report.

“I welcome the Council’s strong endorsement of the landmark report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, including the Committee’s recommendation that carbon tax revenues are used to ensure that those on low incomes are not adversely impacted”, said Deputy Dooley.

“Fianna Fáil also supports the Council’s proposal that the Government prioritise a just transition framework, which would actively involve those at risk in the development and implementation of policy, particularly for peat workers in the Midlands.

“Following recent disturbing announcements concerning the Lanesboro and Shannonbridge peat-fired plants, Fianna Fáil is calling on the government to immediately adopt this approach and support workers and communities through the establishment of a National Just Transition Task Force.

“The Advisory Council also noted that use of public funds to buy allowances and credits to meet Ireland’s EU commitments ‘has no domestic benefit’ and will only make the task of meeting 2030 targets more expensive. Why then is Fine Gael currently relying on paying millions of euro in credits to meet 2020 commitments? Where was the public debate and transparent analysis given the major cost to the tax payer?

“There are many other detailed recommendations in the Council’s report across all sectors including agriculture and transport. The Government must ensure that vulnerable farm sectors and incomes are safeguarded in any future policy decisions, considering the massive economic contribution that rural communities make”, concluded Deputy Dooley.