Greens welcome ‘historic’ High Court statement

21st November 2017



The Green Party today strongly welcomed the recognition by the High Court, for the very first time, that Irish people have a constitutional right to an environment that is consistent with the human dignity and well-being of citizens at large.
 
Speaking today, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD described the move as historic.
 
He said: “We commend the Friends of the Irish Environment for bringing this case, and all involved in this legal challenge. While the High Court didn’t rule in their favour, the judgement recognises, for the first time, that there is a constitutional right to an environment that is consistent with the human dignity and well-being of citizens at large. This is a hugely progressive move, and will aid in future legal cases to hold the Government and State accountable for their responsibilities in environmental protection and tackling climate change. The State now has a duty to protect the environment in a way that is consistent with this newly established right.”
 
Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD said: “This development will be a hugely positive one for our children and the next generation. We have a responsibility to look after our environment, our shared home, and pass it on in a better state than we found it. Recognition of these environmental rights will play an important part in ensuring the Government and the State deliver on these responsibilities.”