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Trócaire urges Irish Government to support motion for stronger action on Fossil Fuels

COP 28 negotiations are ongoing, and are perilously close to failing to agree outcomes on the fast and fair phase out from fossil fuel which is essential to tackle climate breakdown.

Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Tomorrow, on Wednesday, the 13th of December, members of the Dáil will engage in a pivotal debate and vote, marking a crucial moment for Ireland’s commitment to climate action.

The motion brought forward by Independent TD, Deputy Thomas Pringle, re Increased Fossil Fuel Divestment  urges the Irish Government to endorse the development of a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty andto strengthen Ireland’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Act 2018. Research published by Action Aid in September 2023 finds that the Divestment Act needs to be amended to include all fossil fuel use, not just undertakings to be effective.

Trócaire calls upon all TDs to back this important motion tomorrow.

What’s at Stake:

Five years ago, in 2018, Ireland became the first country in the world to initiate the divestment of public money away from fossil fuel assets via a landmark piece of legislation—the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act. This Act aimed to shift financial investments away from fossil fuels, promoting renewable energy and infrastructure. However, whilst this was an important first step, as the climate crisis deepens, the urgency for stronger measures is glaringly evident.

The proposed motion re Increasing Fossil Fuel Divestment includes the following important calls upon the Irish Government to:

  1. Strengthen the current Fossil Fuel Divestment Act
  2. Endorse the development of a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty:

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