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Consecutive cold years reveal climate lies of COP26: Jayaraj

‘The winter of 2020-2021 recorded some of the lowest temperatures, even breaking 100-year records for cold’
‘The foolishness of the COP26 attendees is unfolding before the eyes of billions’

 

By Research Associate Vijay Jayaraj

November 5, 2021

As world leaders meet this week at Glasgow for COP26, real-life data such as cold weather and increasing sea ice hints at the falseness of their faux climate crises.

Residents of Delhi, for instance, are bracing for another cold winter after the country’s meteorological department forecasted below-normal temperatures for November. In fact, a string of exceptionally cold winters for the Indian capital have contradicted continual media predictions of unusual global warming — a dichotomy repeating regionally around the world.

When I moved to Delhi in 2019, I was greeted by a winter that was colder than even the typically frigid weather for that season there. People with lower incomes did not have heaters in their homes. Some resorted to street-side fires of wood and rubbish burned in a pile. I assumed that the cold was an anomaly, but the cold continued and harsh winter temperatures would come back to haunt the residents in 2020 and appear to be returning in 2021.

The winter of 2020-2021 recorded some of the lowest temperatures, even breaking 100-year records for cold. This year (2021-2022) will be the third consecutive cold year for the city of 30 million people. The Indian Meteorological Department has informed that most of the country’s 1.3 billion people will experience cold winter conditions owing to the La Niña conditions in the Pacific.

Earth globe, realistic 3D rendering. Antarctic (south pole) view. At white background.

The severe cold is not exclusive to Delhi. Many places, including those regions of climatological importance like the Antarctic, have experienced cold or normal winters in recent years.

Antarctica has been unusually cold in 2021. It comes as a major surprise for climate alarmists prophesizing about more heat at the poles that will cause unprecedented sea-level rise across the world. However, their predictions have met the brute reality of colder-than-normal conditions.

CNN reported, “For the entire Antarctic continent, the winter of 2021 was the second-coldest on record, with the temperature for June, July, and August 3.4 degrees Celsius (6.1 degrees Fahrenheit) lower than the 1981 to 2010 average at -62.9 degrees Celsius (-81.2 degrees Fahrenheit).”

At the North Pole, the extent of Arctic sea ice since mid-August has been higher than that of 2020 and 2012. This reiterates the fact that warming and ice accumulation do not follow the alarmist narrative which predicted an ice-less Arctic in the previous decade.

Greenland continues to show good ice mass gain in 2021-2022 after recording historically high ice-mass gains during some periods of the 2021 summer. Data from Japan Meteorological Association demonstrate that September temperatures in Iceland and Greenland show no warming in the recent two decades.

Countries in the Northern Hemisphere too have had their share of record cold during the past three years. In fact, this November a severe cold front is expected to plunge temperatures across the U.S. Electroverse reports, “A meridional jet stream flow is set to plunge frigid polar cold into the majority of North America over the next two weeks — into all-but six U.S. states.”

Despite the World being increasingly at the risk of extreme cold weather and the poles showing no signs of unusual melting, the green lobby and politicians have managed to advance their climate-doomsday agenda with the help of a naive media.

However, at some point, the reality of heating bills, increasing sea ice and other data will raise the eyebrows of a sufficient number of the masses to relegate predictions of a climate apocalypse to the dustbin of hoaxes revealed. The foolishness of the COP26 attendees is unfolding before the eyes of billions.

Vijay Jayaraj is a Research Associate at the CO2 Coalition, Arlington, Va., and holds a Masters degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, England. He resides in Bengaluru, India.

 

Xi and Putin leave climate alarmists at COP26 in the lurch

By Vijay Jayaraj, Research Associate at the CO2 Coalition, Arlington, Virginia.

The wheels of the Net Zero bandwagon always were wobbly but now appear to be falling off altogether with leaders of China and Russia saying their countries won’t be represented at the COP26 at Glasgow this week. For Western climate alarmists, the absence of the two countries could be a lethal blow to the global anti-fossil fuel agenda.

Considered by the media as the most important climate meeting, the annual U.N. COP26 (26th such Conference of Parties) is a gala for politicians, diplomats and celebrities to land in private jets to tell the rest of us to embrace expensive and unreliable “green energy.”

The cornerstone of the COP conference has been the Paris climate agreement, a global pact requiring all countries to reduce emissions and replace coal, oil and natural gas with wind and solar. However, the conference had been plagued by various issues during its short history.

The two biggest problems are (1) the unwillingness of developed countries to donate the promised “climate funds” to developing countries (a ridiculous promise in the first place) and (2) the inability of even the most developed member states like Germany to meet their emission-reduction deadlines.

Also, there has been inconsistent adherence by member states. Under Trump’s administration, the U.S. pulled out of the Paris agreement; now, India has vowed to fight any further coercion to impose emission reductions on its domestic energy sector.

In the past year, the Net Zero program has gained more momentum and the upcoming conference is expected to see a lot of discussion surrounding it. President Xi knows that China cannot afford to allow a repeat of 2021, a year during which more than half of the country faced unprecedented power blackouts due to coal shortages. The state bureaucracy is working around the clock to increase production and importation of fossil fuels. Coal miners have been asked to increase output, and Australian coal stranded at ports for political reasons has been put to use. Reports indicate the country is, “in advanced talks with U.S. exporters to secure long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies.”

In addition, China is the leading exporter of coal technology and fossil fuel infrastructure across Asia and Africa. It is no surprise that Xi pulled out the COP26. There is no guarantee that China will even be able to achieve the Net Zero (by 2060) promises that it made in 2020.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has increased Russia’s dominance in the natural gas sector. The Journal of Petroleum Technology reported, “Russia is pouring investment into liquefied natural gas projects as it seeks to leverage the world’s largest natural gas reserves together with the logistical advantages of delivering it at a competitive price to Asia and Europe along the now-navigable Northern Sea Route.”

Russia Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak stated, “Decades from now, oil and gas will continue to account for the majority of global energy consumption.”

He reiterated that Russia has a more realistic view of energy needs and will persist with fossil fuels. “The share of oil and gas in the world’s energy mix is set to drop from 85 percent to around 65-70 percent, not to 20-30 percent as some experts have forecast,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.

The news of both Xi’s and Putin’s absence has raised serious questions about their willingness to honor emission reduction promises made at the U.N. It makes us question the seriousness of policy decisions that will be made at the conference, as two of the key fossil fuel players are not participating. It has left the climate doomsayers in the lurch.

Expect another religiously presented “gloom and doom” climate event with false promises hailed as historic achievements by an elite who offer only fear and deprivation for working people.

Vijay Jayaraj is a Research Associate at the CO2 Coalition, Arlington, Va., and holds a Master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, England. He resides in Bengaluru, India.

 

 

MINISTER MUST IMPLEMENT ICSA BEEF CARBON EFFICIENCY PROPOSAL

‘Under ICSA plan, farmers would get a payment of up to €100/hd for earlier finished prime beef’

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ICSA is calling on Minister McConalogue to immediately announce an allocation of €50m to fund ICSA’s Beef Carbon Efficiency Scheme, set out as part of the association’s CAP Strategic Plan. ICSA president Dermot Kelleher said: “The minister is now talking about reducing the average slaughter age from 27 to 24 months. This cannot be achieved by magic. It will cost beef finishers substantially to deliver this, given rising fees costs,” he said.

“It is all the more challenging when many of the beef finishers that are expected to deliver this monumental change are among the hardest hit by convergence cuts to their Pillar 1 payments. The ICSA proposal provides a practical route to achieving this goal but it must be included as part of the CAP Strategic Plan.”

Under the ICSA plan, farmers would get a payment of up to €100/hd for prime beef finished earlier. Payment to consist of two elements – €40 for weighing stores, and up to €60 for getting heifers, steers or young bulls slaughtered early. The targets would be 22-26 months for heifers, 24-28 months for steers, and 16-22 months for bulls. The earlier the slaughter, the higher the payment.

Mr Kelleher also said agreements made at COP26 by the EU to cut emissions of methane by 30% by 2030 are pointless unless Brazil is on board. “By becoming part of this pledge, Irish farmers will be placed under enormous pressure to drastically change their farming practices, while countries like Brazil carry on with their destructive practices. Irish farmers will however play their part, but we are looking to Minister McConalogue to support beef farmers in doing that, and ICSA’s Beef Carbon Efficiency proposal is the only logical way to do that.”

ICSA MEETS DAFM TO SEEK MAJOR CHANGES TO SUCKLER SCHEME PLANS

‘ICSA objects very strongly to the idea that farmers will have to have 75% of females rated 4 or 5 stars on the maternal index by the end of the scheme’

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Dermot Kelleher, president. Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Assn

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said he is increasingly concerned that plans under the Department’s proposed CAP strategy for sucklers are going in the wrong direction. An ICSA delegation, which included ICSA president Dermot Kelleher and Suckler chair Ger O’Brien, met Department officials this week to argue for changes to the suckler scheme that is being proposed for 2023-27. “The first problem is that the Department proposals do not address the legitimate concerns suckler farmers had with the outgoing BDGP scheme. There is complete tunnel vision in terms of breeding strategy and targets. ICSA objects very strongly to the idea that farmers will have to have 75% of females rated 4 or 5 stars on the maternal index by the end of the scheme.

“ICSA is proposing that there should be a more holistic approach to breeding which recognises that many suckler farmers are doing a great job breeding and utilising ICBF data. But their focus also includes terminal traits such as conformation. A target that is excessively focused on maternal traits is not the way forward and, in any event, it will be impossible to achieve for all scheme entrants.

Mr Kelleher also insisted that membership of the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme could not be a condition of the suckler scheme. “This is a red-line issue for ICSA, and we made it very clear that farmers would not accept this. If everyone is coerced into BQAS, then nobody will benefit from it. Farmers must have freedom to choose and let the marketplace provide the incentives for being in BQAS.

“ICSA is also concerned about the future of the BEEP scheme. They are taking the weighing measure out of BEEP and this will be devastating for the farmers who preferred not to participate in BDGP. The Minister must work with us and commit to delivering a BEEP scheme that is simple and beneficial to suckler farmers.

“The fact remains, however, that even if ICSA succeeds in improving the suckler scheme, there is still no pathway to €300/cow. Anyone who has the interest of the suckler sector at heart, must now recognise that the ICSA proposal to create a coupled suckler payment in Pillar 1 is the only way to deliver €300/cow.”

Two gardai to police Donegal population of 40,000: TD

‘Very worrying’

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A district in Donegal with population of upwards of 40,000 has only two gardai on duty to police the area, according to TD Thomas Pringle.

Speaking in the Dail he said: “It is interesting that Donegal has three times the population of Longford and is probably five times its size but has proportionally fewer gardaí available to it. This is very worrying, particularly for my area in the south-west of the county where Killybegs, Glenties and Ardara are the larger towns. There are basically two gardaí on duty in that whole area which has a population of 30,000 or 40,000 people. That is nearly as many people as live in County Longford, yet there are only two gardaí on duty.

“In effect, gardaí cannot answer calls because they do not have the numbers to do so. This is very worrying and needs to be addressed,” he stressed.

 

 

Easkey retains senior hurling title

All-Ireland success for Ballymote handball player in Thurles

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Great excitement in the West Sligo where Easkey has held on to their senior hurling title.

They defeated Naomh Eoin with a final score of 3.21 to 0.10 at Markievicz Park on Sunday

In Ballymote, Cormac Finn has pulled off an All-Ireland handball success over the weekend, taking the boys under 16 softball singles title at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

 

 

World-leading Irish climate scientist slams climate emergency claims

‘There is no climate emergency’

‘Taxpayers facing 200 billion euro cost of government’s climate action plan’

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Professor Ray Bates

Internationally-acclaimed Irish climate scientist Professor Ray Bates insists that “there’s no climate emergency,” and that the UNIPCC report on climate change regarding planetary warming is “demonstrably incorrect.”

In a video interview with GRIPT, the former professor of meteorology at Copenhagen University and former senior scientist at the NASA Space Centre says he hasn’t been invited back by RTE in 5 years and was excluded by the Citizens Assembly which he applied to address on climate issues. He also tells of being threatened “face to face” in a witnessed incident concerning his research.

He states with proven scientific research that there is no climate emergency, that the often used media phrase describing the UNIPPC report as “a red coat for humanity” is actually a political term uttered by the Secretary General of the UN when launching the report.

Areas of science such as to do with climate change are, he observes, “highly politicised” and anybody who steps outside the standard narrative “has to be prepared for vilification, perhaps threats.” He cites the case of a climate scientist who had rifle shots fired through his office window because of his position on climate change. He also speaks of the situation faced by young scientists seeking state grants – “bodies who control grant money have a big influence in scientists perception of what they should research and what they should write about.”

He says an important peer-reviewed scientific paper he submitted has been omitted from the IPPC report as have, he adds, papers from other leading scientists.

He warns that “alarmist statements” on climate are having an unsettling impact on children.

The ‘green climate fund’ of the IPCC consists of, he states, 100 billion dollars a year to be transferred from developed states to developing countries, and that membership of two bodies governing the IPCC are mainly developing countries.

Asked by the interviewer what he thought of a previous GRIPT revealed claim that RTE is “the only state broadcaster which is partnered with a climate activist group,” and his view on “the media’s uniformity on this issue,” he said it seemed to him that “in Ireland in particular the media doesn’t allow expression of alternative view points. It’s basically the media are all singing from the same hymn sheet.” He buys the Farmers Journal because he feels he gets “a more open view of the politics of climate and of the science of climate than in any other newspaper in Ireland.”

Replying as to whether he thought funding from the state compromises to a degree the impartiality of some news outlets, he said. “It could be that a lot of journalists think they’re taking the high moral ground when they follow a climate alarmist view point.” But, he stresses, the public interest requires consideration. He says: “The 20 billion euro a year estimated by the IMF, that needs to be debated. It’s not an issue that can be swept under the carpet. It’s a vast amount of taxpayers’ money. It has to be justified. The scientific basis has to be solid for spending that kind of money. And to have a solid basis, you must have free debate involving bona fide experts. If such debate is not allowed, you cannot be sure you are hearing the truth.”

The interview, dated October 7, 2021, is published on the GRIPT website. To view there, click on videos and the video “THE SCIENCE IS NOT SETTLED”: IRISH CLIMATE SCIENTIST SPEAKS OUT.

Professor Bates, who received his PhD in Meteorology from MIT, has been employed as Professor of Meteorology at the Niels Bohr Institute in University of Copenhagen. He was a senior scientist at the NASA Space Flight Center, and early in his career served as head of research at Met Eireann.

Currently Adjunct Professor of Meteorology in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin, he was one of the experts, selected by open competition, representing the area of climate science on the panel of Professor Patrick Cunningham when he was Chief Scientific Advisor to the government of Ireland. 

Author of numerous scientific papers and articles, Professor Bates, who last month joined the eminent panel of scientists on the Global Warming Policy Foundation Academic Advisory Council, has been the recipient of a number of awards for his work, including the 2009 Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal of the European Geosciences Union and the Laboratory for Atmospheres Scientific Achievement Award, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1994.

He is a former President of the Irish Meteorological Society. He has served as an Expert Reviewer of the IPCC’s Fifth and Sixth Assessment Reports.

He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the Royal Meteorological Society.

 

 

Incidence of bovine TB increasing

New eradication strategy launched

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Bovine TB is on the increase. Responding to a parliamentary question, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConologue said herd incidence has risen every year between 2016 and 2020.

Describing the situation as “very concerning,” he said “the number of dairy herd reactor animals is 8,837 for 2019, 12,440 for 2020 and 8,402 up to 29 September of this year. The number of suckler herd reactor animals is 5,894 for 2019, 7,275 for 2020 and 4,684 up to 29 September of this year. The number of other herd reactor animals is 347 for 2019, 515 for 2020 and 344 to the end of September of this year.

“The overall total in respect of reactor numbers is 17,000 for 2019, 22,562 for 2020 and 14,901 up to 29 September of this year.”

“Although the challenge is serious, my department, working together with stakeholders, is engaging with farmers and is committed to eradicating the disease.”

He added that earlier this year he launched a new eradication strategy for the period from 2021 to 2030.

 

 

Minister’s strategy for beef and sheep sectors in disarray: ICSA

‘The problem with the entire CAP package as set out by the Minister’s officials is that it is neither coherent nor balanced’

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Dermot Kelleher, president, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said that the CAP funding proposals suggest that the Minister’s strategy for the beef and sheep sectors now seems to be in disarray. “I cannot understand how the Minister will agree with the direction of his Department where suckler cows, which involves over 60,000 farmers, is getting about the same allocation as the organic scheme which currently covers some 1,800 farmers. The organic target is to find another 6,500 farmers but even if this target is met, it will be still a small fraction of the number of suckler or sheep farmers.

 “Sheep farmers will also be very angry at this. While ICSA agrees that we need to increase the organic sector, the allocation of €256 million is massive compared to €100 million for the entire sheep sector. It is shocking that no consideration has yet been given to our proposal for a beef finishers scheme which has the potential to deliver a substantial decrease in national emissions.

“ICSA has been told that there will be a separate BEEP scheme, which will involve additional funding from the exchequer. However, the weighing measure which is the cornerstone of the BEEP is being moved to the suckler scheme. How then can the BEEP scheme be maintained if its very essence has been sliced off? ICSA also believes that if the commitment to BEEP was real, it would be included this time as an integral part of the CAP plan, not as an annual request in the budget. Schemes that only exist on a year-to-year basis and which are contingent on a government bequest at budget time do not inspire confidence.

“ICSA is also frustrated that there is no attempt to support the beef finishing sector. This sector is being hit very hard by the flattening of payments. The ICSA proposal helps this sector but equally it is targeted at helping deliver a key element of the ag-climatise strategy which points to the reduction of slaughter age as a key driver of reducing national emissions. As it stands, it looks like the dairy herd will continue to expand and I think it will hit 1.8 million cows before the first payments are made under the new CAP. How can we have balance if we have no effort to support the very farmers who are needed to feed all the bull calves that will be born in the dairy herd?

“The problem with the entire CAP package as set out by the Minister’s officials is that it is neither coherent nor balanced. The clear message is to switch to dairying for as many farmers as possible.  Whereas the support for organics is unrealistic, the lack of ambition around the agri-environment scheme is staggering.

“The principal element of the agri-environment measure is an average of €5,000 for some 30,000 farmers. This is simply not enough, given current rising costs and the off-farm income opportunities.  The co-operative agri-environment scheme, in theory delivers a maximum €10,000 but I am very concerned that it will be difficult to get this up and running and it would have possibly been wiser to include this as a pilot scheme.”

Families could see tax on home massively increased under change to site value process

New system would include non-residential premises in valuation of the property

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The government Commission on Taxation and Welfare is reportedly considering measures which could see householders hammered with even higher levels of taxation on the family home.

According to reports, the commission is giving thought to replacing the existing charge arrangement on the dwelling with a new site value tax where non-residential premises would be effectively lumped with the house to drive up the value of the property, thereby drastically raising the level of tax to be paid by the home owner.

Mention of a site tax is made in the commission’s recently published terms of reference when it announced a three-month public consultation process regarding the issue.

It was, it said, seeking opinions on elements of the taxation and welfare systems, but most particularly as to how public services would be funded in the context of an aging population and the move to a low carbon economy.

ICSA CAP FUNDING REACTION: ONLY THE ICSA PLAN CAN DELIVER ON THE AGRI-ENVIRONMENT, SUCKLER, SHEEP AND BEEF PAYMENTS AMBITION

‘Although Minister McConalogue has worked hard to get an increased budget for the rural development programme, there just isn’t enough to deliver anywhere near €300/cow, €35/ewe, an early finishing support of €100/head and a decent agri-environment scheme worth up to €15,000’

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Dermot Kelleher, president. Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association

 ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said that the €3.86 billion funding package for CAP announced today will not be anywhere near enough to deliver the key ICSA proposals unless the Minister also opts for coupled suckler and sheep payments or transfers money from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2.

“Although Minister McConalogue has worked hard to get an increased budget for the rural development programme, there just isn’t enough to deliver anywhere near €300/cow, €35/ewe, an early finishing support of €100/head and a decent agri-environment scheme worth up to €15,000.

“I am very frustrated that the Department is not interested in delivering what is required to support the low-income sectors and to have an ambitious enough agri-environmental scheme to reward farmers who go the extra mile for the green agenda. On the other hand, the increase in funding for the organic scheme looks like it is unrealistically high.

“ICSA also called for 25% top-up on sucklers and sheep for young farmers. I am calling again on the Minister to examine the ICSA proposals given that the funding announced is not going to do the things that most active farmers want. We must shift some of the Pillar 1 money to a coupled suckler and sheep payment and also transfer around €80 million from Pillar 2 to fund an early finishing incentive (Beef Carbon Efficiency Payment) as set out in the ICSA plan and video.

“It is now incumbent on all organisations to have an honest discussion about whether they will support the ICSA plan or else to propose another means of delivering the same results. It is equally incumbent on the Minister to explain how he proposes to move forward and demonstrate that he is listening to the majority of farmers in Ireland who want better supports for the low-income cattle and sheep sectors.

“I am also asking for a full explanation of the government’s plans to fully allocate the €1.5billion carbon taxes as new money, as promised in the Programme for Government.  A lot of the promised money is being deferred back to 2028-2030, it seems. This is not good enough.

“There’s been lots of talk about a €300 suckler cow payment, but only ICSA has the plan to deliver it.  It is now time to end the rhetoric and find a way to make this happen.

“ICSA acknowledges the huge effort made by the Minister on the funding front but we now have to begin the serious business of actually translating that into a working plan that will give hope to the beef, sheep and tillage sectors. If Ireland doesn’t return CAP payments to where they originally started, then the clear message is dairying or bust. And that won’t help farmers and it won’t deliver on the climate change agenda.  

“Only the ICSA plan can deliver €300/suckler cow; €35/ewe; €100/head beef finisher payment, and a worthwhile agri-environment scheme. It’s now time for all to work together to deliver this,” concluded Mr Kelleher.

Thirty jobs at Telus Ballina

Firm formerly operated as Lionbridge AI

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Telus International Data Solutions, formerly Lionbridge AI, has announced that it is creating 30 new jobs at its premises in Ballina.

Lionbridge, based at Teeling Street for the last 20 years, was brought within the Canadian Telus International operation some time back.

Flood relief to restart Lough Funshinagh in Roscommon

‘Work will comply with High Court order’

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Roscommon County Council’s decision to recommence flood relief at Lough Funshinagh will be welcomed by the local community.

Funshinagh is a turlough or disappearing lake which owing to not draining rapidly over the last few years has caused widespread flooding of surrounding homes and lands.

The issue was recently raised in the Dail by Sinn Fein TD Clare Kirrane when she hit out about the threatened state of the area. She told the Taoiseach that the flooding, an ongoing occurrence, was having a devastating effect on homes and lands in the vicinity of the lough, an SAC designated turlough. She said 600 hectares – about 1500 acres – of the farmlands lands were under water.

However, remedial work subsequently undertaken by the county council had to be suspended when the High Court in August granted an order directing an immediate stop to work following complaints that it breached environmental legislation.

But The Irish Times reports that now in a statement to them, the council has confirmed it “remains focussed” on “completing a solution to the flooding emergency at Lough Funshinagh”.

It states that the council has said that since the since the High Court challenge, which was taken by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), it had retained consultants to advise on how it “may lawfully carry out an emergency solution development without approval from An Bord Pleanála, or any other third party.”

The report adds that the council’s chief executive has said the works would be in compliance with the High Court order and costs of the legal challenge would be borne by the local authority.

 

 

ICSA reaction to climate targets: government must spend more on supporting agriculture sector

‘There is no point in doing more than the other member states if the price is the destruction of every rural community in the country’

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Dermot Kelleher, president. Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said it will be almost impossible to meet the agriculture climate change targets unless the government delivers a substantially higher investment in the sector while also recognising the role played by agriculture in sequestering carbon. “While all countries in the EU are focused on climate change, there is no country that will destroy its own vital national interests. Germany will not sacrifice its car or coal industries and Ireland must protect its vital agri-food sector.

“Therefore, while we all need to meet the climate change challenge, we need to move in step with other EU states. There is no point in doing more than the other member states if the price is the destruction of every rural community in the country.

“Producing food is not optional in a world where population continues to grow rapidly, and this means getting the balance right. Farmers are willing to play their part but there must be realism as well. Farmers have continuously put their money where others put their mouth when it comes to environmental investment. However, the target of 21-30% reduction in emissions cannot be done by farmers out of their own pocket nor should they be expected to carry the burden of saving the planet on their own.

“It is now obvious that the government must put significantly more funding into the CAP programme than has been envisaged. The ICSA proposals for a €15,000 agri-environment scheme and a beef carbon efficiency payment on top of much higher supports for sucklers and sheep are now looking like the minimum that will be required. This is particularly relevant in the context of maintaining a stable herd.” 

The ICSA president added that “if the funding for the ICSA proposals is not forthcoming, then there is no hope whatsoever of achieving these targets.

“ICSA will not accept any attempt to undermine the suckler herd or the beef finishing sector. These are vital national assets and are critical to many rural communities across the country. So ICSA is prepared to negotiate on how farming can play its part, but it must be a balanced discussion that recognises that agriculture is sequestering carbon as well as reducing emissions.”