€750 billion Recovery Plan Could Help to Avoid Austerity in Post-COVID-19 Ireland

Responding to today’s launch of the European Commission’s €750 billion COVID-19 Recovery Plan, Green Party MEPs Grace O’Sullivan and Ciarán Cuffe say they are broadly welcoming of the plan, which they describe as having the potential to play a part in creating a socially, economically and environmentally resilient Europe, and avoiding a descent into austerity […]

Half of Irish farmers concerned about future – 9 out of 10 farmers want to reduce carbon footprint on farms

Today, ifac, the farming, food, and agribusiness professional services firm, is releasing the findings of its annual, national Farm Report. These insights are a combination of ifac collated financial data and results of the most comprehensive farmer survey ever conducted in Ireland. Ifac’s 2020 Farm Report combines the views of almost 1,500 Irish farmers with a comprehensive analysis […]

IFOAM EU welcomes landmark decision to put organic at the heart of future European food system

IFOAM EU welcomes the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork (F2F) strategies and the target to reach 25% organic land in Europe by 2030, as well as measures to boost the demand for organic products through promotion schemes and green public procurements. Jan Plagge, IFOAM EU President, stated: “Proposing an EU target for organic land […]

European Youth Event 2020: giving a voice to young people to influence EU policy

 The European Youth Event (EYE) goes online to engage young people with high-level politicians, experts and influencers and discuss EU role in the COVID-19 crisis.‘EYE online’, following the postponement of EYE2020 due to the pandemic, goes into its final week and offers young people from the EU and beyond an opportunity to virtually meet and […]

EU Biodiversity Strategy Must Herald Transformative Change: Green MEP Grace O’Sullivan

Welcoming today’s European Commission launch of the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, field ecologist and Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan said she was heartened to see the Commission moving forward to help tackle the loss of land and marine species.The Strategy has, she says, the potential to create transformative change.   “With National Biodiversity Week underway […]

GRA welcomes introduction of facemasks at checkpoints and on patrols

GRA President Jim Mulligan has welcomed clarification that gardai on outdoor duties will be equipped with facemasks they can use if social distancing cannot be maintained – including on foot patrol and at checkpoints. However, the priority testing of gardaí remains an unresolved issue.  Last Friday, NPHET announced that facemasks should be worn by the […]

Fáilte Ireland welcomes the establishment of the Tourism Recovery Taskforce

Fáilte Ireland has today welcomed the establishment of the Tourism Recovery Taskforce announced by Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin.  Welcoming today’s announcement Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland who is a member of the Taskforce, said the Taskforce is a critical and urgent working group dedicated to ensure the tourism sector recovers from this […]

Bord Bia invites the public to Bloom At Home this May

This summer Bord Bia is encouraging the Irish public to come together and Bloom from their own homes on Sunday, 31st of May. Bord Bia’s Bloom At Home will feature a series of online events, including Q&As and talks, cookery demonstrations with quality assured, in season produce and entertainment from some of Bord Bia Bloom’s long-time […]

Greens Call on Individuals, Families and Communities to Engage in ‘Citizen Science’ on National Biodiversity Week

At the outset of National Biodiversity Week and ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity this Friday, the Green Party is urging people and communities to use the time of covid restrictions to become active participants in showcasing and recording Ireland’s flora and fauna using the hashtag #BiodiversityOnYourDoorstep. Green Party TD and Spokesperson for Community […]

National Biodiversity Week 2020 in Ireland runs from 18th to 22nd May

National Biodiversity Week 2020 in Ireland runs from 18th to 22nd May, culminating with International Day of Biological Diversity on the 22nd of May. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on physical social events, thankfully we are all still very much connected in a virtual world that is thriving and will help us to […]

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