Joe O’Brien, Minister of State for Community Development and Charities Welcomes Increase of €700k for Environmental Charities

22nd January, 2021

Minister of State for Community Development and Charities and Green Party T.D for Fingal, Joe O’Brien, has welcomed today’s announcement by Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications of over a €700k increase in funding to environmental NGOs. This represents an increase of almost 70% in funding for the sector for 2021 to €1.76m.

Minister O’Brien said,

“Environmental NGOs in Ireland play a critical role in a broad range of environmental issues, including education, wildlife conservation, promotion of biodiversity and battling climate change. And in Fingal we have an exceptional rich range of habitats from hedgerows, woodland, rivers, ponds but especially our coastline with its wetlands, dunes and the islands. The pandemic has provided us with an opportunity to get back in touch with the nature around us and to better realise its value.

Its particularly important to ensure that Environmental NGOs are resourced so that continue and indeed expand their very valuable work in advocating for biodiversity and environmental protection when there is increasing pressure on the natural world from so many manmade sources. Of course as a political party we listen extremely closely to these groups and deeply value their work”.

Announcing the €1.76m in funding, Minister Ryan stated,

“It is vital that we support a strong environmental civil society, which does vital work throughout the country in tackling climate change and protecting the natural environment for the benefit of communities and ensuring a legacy for future generations. This increase in funding will go towards strengthening support for this sector to ensure that environmental issues take centre stage in Ireland and internationally.”

According to the Irish Environmental Network there are almost 35,000 members working throughout the country to protect and enhance the natural environment. Volunteers contribute 6 million unpaid hours annually saving the exchequer an estimated €55m.

For further information contact: Karen Power: karen.power@oireachtas.ie