Irish Court Rejects Demand for More Aggressive Climate Action
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By Isabella Kaminski Ireland’s High Court ruled on Thursday that the country’s current National Mitigation Plan is consistent with both Irish and European law, rejecting claims from an environmental organization that the Irish government must take
By Isabella Kaminski Ireland’s High Court ruled on Thursday that the country’s current National Mitigation Plan is consistent with both Irish and European law, rejecting claims from an environmental organization that the Irish government must take more aggressive action on climate change.Campaign group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) had argued in January that the plan, which was agreed upon in 2017, is not “fit for purpose” because it is not designed to achieve substantial emissions reductions in either the short or medium term.The case, dubbed Climate Case Ireland, had a similar structure to Urgenda’s historic case in the Netherlands – and like the Dutch government, the Irish state did not deny the importance of tackling climate change.But the case was lost on all three grounds: that the plan violated Ireland’s own Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, that it breached the constitutional rights of Irish citizens, and that it violated the European Convention on Human Rights.Announcing the judgment in court, Justice Michael MacGrath described it as a “very complex case involving different issues of law and science.” He said the main difference between the parties was their sense of immediacy.However, the court did find that FIE had legal standing to bring such a case, a point the government had questioned.A spokesperson for the Irish government’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment said the government was focused on implementing its Climate Action Plan, which sets out the actions every department and sector needs to take to achieve its climate target.It was “regrettable” that citizens had to turn to the courts to try to compel the government to act, said Clodagh Daly, a spokesperson for Climate Case Ireland. “We refuse to accept an unthinkably bleak future without a fight.We’ll now be looking at our options very closely with our legal team in terms of an appeal,” Daly said, adding that the case had started a national conversation about climate justice.FIE’s immediate plan is to take its fight for bolder climate action to the streets, where it will be joining other Irish environmental groups, activists and young people for Friday’s global climate strike. . The post Irish Court Rejects Demand for More Aggressive Climate Action appeared first on Climate Liability News .