Divestment Bill at Critical Stage


Divestment Bill at Critical Stage

Act now to help push it over the line

July 5 2018, 10:35am

Ireland is just days away from making history.

On Thursday 12th July, TDs can seal the deal on Ireland being the first country in the world to Divest!

This means Ireland will commit to withdraw its investments from the industry which is doing the most to fuel the climate change crisis – the fossil fuel industry.

Will you tell your TDs to make sure Ireland is on the right side of history on the 12th?

Yes, I’ll email my TDs

Right now, the Government is in negotiations with Deputy Thomas Pringle, the Bill’s sponsor, about whether they will support the Bill on July 12th . We are hopeful, but we need to keep the pressure on.

We need to make sure all TDs are there to vote the Bill through on the 12th and to ask them to ensure their parties use this historic moment to push for much greater climate ambition in Ireland (we are currently ranked second last in the EU on our performance on climate action [1] ).

Yes, I’ll email my TDs

Let us never forget why we have worked so hard to get this far. The impacts of climate change continue to hit the poorest countries hardest even though they have contributed the least. In Ethiopia today approximately 10 million people are in need of food aid due to persistently poor rains caused by drought. You may be one of the thousands of activists who have been on this journey from the start, as far back as 2008 when Trócaire started campaigning on climate justice, you may have joined in 2016, when we started the Divestment Campaign with Deputy Pringle, or you may be only starting your journey. But the truth is, Ireland would not be on the cusp of something amazing without the actions of people like you.

Thank you.

Joanne McGarry
Campaigns Manager
Trócaire (member of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition)

[1] Ireland and Poland worst countries in EU for action and ambition on climate change;

P.S. If you want to attend the debate in person on the 12th, simply follow these four simple steps to contact your local TD who can put your name on the list of attendees:

  1. Call the switch board in the Dáil - 01 618 3000
  2. Ask to be put through to one of your TD's offices
  3. Tell them you are a constituent (give them your address) and leave a message saying ‘you would like to be put on the list to attend the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill Report Stage debate on Thursday July 12th at 2.10pm.
  4. Leave your phone number and ask for a call back to confirm your name is on the list.