Cher backs Dáil bill to ban future offshore oil and gas exploration

8th February 2018



Does Leo believe in life after oil? 

International superstar and Goddess of Pop Cher this morning backed the Climate Emergency Measures Bill 2018, which will be voted on in the Dáil today.

Despite being opposed by Government, the Bill, introduced by People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith, will have enough votes to pass Second Stage early this afternoon.

Responding to a tweet from Green Party legislative researcher Sinéad Mercier, who drafted the Green Party's own 'Keep It In The Ground' bill last year, asking for her to tell Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to back the legislation and protect Ireland’s visiting population of 250,000 dolphins, Cher, one of the most successful recording artists of all time, replied ‘#HellToTheYes’, and retweeted the call to action.

Speaking ahead of the vote, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “It is shaping up to be a truly historic day for environmentalism in Ireland. The tide has turned on fossil fuels, and there is widespread political support now for a just transition to renewable power. If we are to keep global temperature rises below 1.5-2 degrees, avoiding climate chaos, then 80% of known fossil fuel reserves need to be left in the ground. By signing the Paris Agreement, Ireland committed to such a plan.” 

Notes:

The tweet from Cher can be found here: https://twitter.com/cher/status/961508516358844417