Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has challenged the Taoiseach in relation to his comments in the Dáil that last week’s climate change declaration is ‘largely symbolic’.
Ms Boylan described his comments as “a joke” and said “we have a climate emergency that requires an emergency response, not a sound byte to get Fine Gael through the election campaign”.
Lynn Boylan said:
“The Taoiseach is talking about symbolic declarations in relation to climate change when what is needed is emergency action.
“His immediate downgrading of the declaration of the Oireachtas to ‘symbolic’ is all the more concerning when you look at Fine Gael MEPs appalling voting record in the European Parliament, where they have repeatedly voted against climate action measures including:
- Fine Gael MEPs voted against having binding renewable energy targets.
- Fine Gael MEPs voted against increasing the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target to 55% – what is scientifically necessary.
- Fine Gael MEPs voted against making the producers of single use plastic contribute to the costs of litter clean ups.
- Fine Gael MEPs voted for more privatisation of the energy sector.
- Fine Gael MEPs voted against a call for the EU to present a 100% renewable energy strategy.
- Fine Gael MEPs voted against including climate justice as a fundamental value of EU.
- Fine Gael MEPs voted against calling on the EU to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.
“These votes show Fine Gael’s real attitude to climate action. We need real action on climate change and we need it now.”