Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, The Environment & Natural Resources, Timmy Dooley TD, has said the sheer scale and engagement of school children in a national climate change protest should be a warning to the Government that their lack of action on climate change will not be tolerated.

Deputy Dooley was commenting following a protest which saw thousands of children take to the streets of Dublin to protest outside Leinster House. Similar protests were held all across the country, outside County Council Offices and in schools and clearly demonstrate the appetite that exists among young people to tackle this issue.

Deputy Dooley said, “I was delighted to see so many young people mobilise against a problem which to-date this Government has failed to get to grips with. Climate Change Indices have shown time and time again over the past number of years that Ireland is way behind the curve when it comes to dealing with climate change.

“Put simply, we are bottom of the class and falling further and further behind as time goes by. Climate change is no longer something that affects people in far flung locations; it’s having an impact here in Ireland with unusual weather patterns including drought, freak storms and heavier than normal weather.

“The escalating consequences of climate change are grossly unfair to today’s younger generations in particular. If it continues, without immediate intervention, our young people will be robbed of a climate system capable of sustaining any standard of human life”, concluded Deputy Dooley.