Public Policy

  In this week’s Public Policy bulletin, read about the upcoming General Election in Ireland scheduled for 8 February 2020. Also, read about the EU’s new European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism.   Ireland gears up for General Election on 8 February 2020 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that Ireland’s General Election is set to be held on Saturday, 8 February 2020. With just three weeks to go to the election date, candidates and voters are gearing up for an early election to elect a new Government for the next five years. With the 32nd Dáil now dissolved, the new Dáil will meet for the first time on Thursday, 20 February. There were158 seats in the 32nd Dail, with 160 predicted in the next one to reflect the growing population of Ireland. We will  be covering developments in the election process over the next three weeks, so keep an eye out for updates in our news bulletin and on our website. You can also visit the Oireachtas website to learn more about the voting system in Ireland.   EU announces European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism The European Commission unveiled last week, its one trillion-euro investment plan to put Europe on track to reach the 2050 emissions-neutrality goal, while also helping coal-producing regions to move away from fossil fuels. With this news coming at the helm of the launch of the European Green Deal, the European Green Deal Investment Plan aims to mobilise resources, and provide tailored financial and practical support to help workers and generate the necessary investments in those areas. The same message was echoed by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on her inaugural visit to Ireland last week.   Read all our updates in our Public Policy web centre.    

Jan 17, 2020
Public Policy

In this week’s Public Policy bulletin, read about the return of power-sharing to Stormont as the Northern Ireland assembly resumes. You can also read about the Draft General Scheme of the Climate Action (Amendment) Bill 2019 published last week.   Power-sharing returns to Stormont, Northern Ireland assembly resumes Stormont’s political institutions have been restored as of last week, following three years of deadlock. DUP leader Arlene Foster was appointed as Northern Ireland's first minister, while Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill is the Deputy first minister. This news comes following Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith press conference, releasing the text of a deal to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland. Read the press release and full text. It has also been reported that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be travelling to Stormont this morning to meet with the new power-sharing administration.   Draft General Scheme of the Climate Action (Amendment) Bill 2019 published The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton T.D. published the Draft General Scheme of the Climate Action (Amendment) Bill 2019 last week. This bill has been put forward as a priority legislation in the new Dáil term and supports the Irish Government’s Climate Action Plan published in 2019. The bill aims to implement the tenants tenets outlined in the Climate Action Plan, including: Establishing a 2050 emissions reduction target in law Making the adoption of carbon budgets a legal requirement Setting decarbonisation targets for each sector of the Irish economy Banning the sale of fossil fuel cars by 2030 Establishing that the Climate Action Plan shall be updated annually, with actions in every sector. You can stay updated on the Government’s latest news and updates on climate action on their dedicated web page.   Read all our updates in our Public Policy web centre.

Jan 09, 2020
Public Policy

  In this week’s green bulletin, read about the Institute’s response to the consultation on proposed introduction of new environmental levies. Also, read about the EU’s newly launched European Green Deal aimed at tackling climate change.   Institute responds to consultation on proposed increase to environmental levies Earlier this week, the Institute responded to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment’s consultation on the Proposed Introduction of New Environmental Levies. The Institute’s observations are summarised as follows:   As a minimum Chartered Accountants Ireland recommends the following to help stimulate behavioural change, clear parameters of what an increase in levies will achieve must be set out from the outset. If an increase is intended to change consumption patterns, alternatives to the use of plastic bags, coffee cups etc. must be provided for consumers first.   Consumers need to see a direct link between the revenue collected and what the additional revenues are spent on and how it benefits them. They are more likely to accept it and support it by changing their behaviour. How this is communicated will be critical to the success of the proposed plan.     EU unveils new European Green Deal to combat climate change Earlier this week, the European Commission launched the European Green Deal, aimed towards becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The policy is aimed at meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement and includes a roadmap of key policies on supporting green technologies and sustainable solutions. The EU also aims to: Become climate-neutral by 2050 Protect human life, animals and plants, by cutting pollution Help companies become world leaders in clean products and technologies Help ensure a just and inclusive transition You can read more about the deal on European Commission’s dedicated page.   Read all our updates in our Public Policy web centre.    

Dec 13, 2019