13th June 2019 | Biodiversity, Climate Change, Environment, Press Releases

Dáil recognises the need to revise National Development Plan to tackle climate breakdown


The Dáil today passed a motion calling for the National Development Plan to be revised in line with our emissions targets.

Following the passing of the Green Party amendment, Party Leader Eamon Ryan said: “The Government saw no need to climate assess the National Development Plan prior to publication. We now know that it will result in a 70% shortfall in meeting our emissions targets by 2030 even if every single measure in the plan were implemented.

“This amendment sends an important signal from the Dáil to the government that the NDP is not fit for purpose and will lead to a massive failure to meet our emissions targets. This Dáil is willing to commit to meeting Ireland’s 2030 targets and a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 — while the Government continues to resist.”

Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin said: “The Dáil has accepted the Green Party’s call that our planning and investment must be assessed first and foremost through the lens of climate action. The NDP as it currently stands would render any All-of-Government Plan on Climate Action ineffective without immediate and significant revisions”.