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Supreme Court trashes Irish Government’s climate change plan

Words: Roger Milne
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The Irish Republic’s Supreme Court has torpedoed the government’s ‘excessively vague and aspirational’ strategy to combat climate change. 

A seven-judge court ruled that the National Mitigation Plan (2017-2022) lacked specificity and should be quashed.

The court also found the plan did not comply with Ireland’s obligations under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 to give sufficient detail about achieving the national transition objective of a low carbon economy by the end of 2050. 

The government was obliged to give “some realistic level of detail” about how it intended to meet the objective and the plan fell “a long way short” of the sort of specificity the 2015 act required, insisted the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke.

The government must now devise a new plan taking into account the court’s findings, made following an appeal by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE). 

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