Tony Lowes raises the flip side of the Greens in power – the loss of the Greens as ‘the only army of opposition out here’. The consequences of the loss of this army have, this blog suggests, left the environmental movement under resourced and even undermined.
The debate over turf-cutting continues…a series of protest meetings has been held around the country by the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association in recent weeks, and they claim they are formulating a workable compromise, that will allow them to harvest their peat, while regulating the practice and ensuring minimal environmental damage. But the opposition against the turf-cutters continues, with various groups saying the Habitats Directive from the European Commission must be enforced, the ancient practice must end and there must be no exceptions. I’m joined on the line now by Deputy Luke Flanagan, who is a member of the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association, and also by Tony Lowes, Director of Friends of the Irish Environment.