Kerry TD calls for a ban on SUVs in the Dublin constituency of Green Party leader Eamon Ryan in the dispute over climate targets

A junior government minister has proposed banning SUVs in Environment Secretary Eamon Ryan’s constituency to help reduce carbon emissions.

erry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin made the proposal in response to what he described as “insane proposals” which he says are unfairly targeting people in rural areas as the government sets sector-by-sector targets for emissions cuts.

It comes after unnamed government sources revealed details of a proposal that would limit families to one car each if the farming sector failed to meet its climate targets.

Mr Griffin, the junior secretary for tourism and sport, said he had proposed banning SUVs in the Dublin Bay South constituency, which Green Party leader Mr Ryan represents, so that people in urban areas could better understand rural voters’ frustration .

“If you live in Kerry and let’s say you have a two-parent family and one parent works in Dingle and the other works in Listowel, that’s not uncommon across the county, you could have other examples around Kerry. How is that supposed to work?” he said on Radio Kerry.

It comes as Mr Ryan said he hopes legally binding targets for emissions cuts will be signed before the end of this month.

He said all three parties in government support the Paris climate agreement and predicted they would reach an agreement on emissions cuts in the agricultural sector.

Ireland has committed to halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reducing to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Mr Griffin suggested the proposal to ban a second domestic car amounts to scaremongering and said it was unworkable.

He also urged those who leaked details of the proposal to come forward.

“These government sources, whoever they are, whoever is supposed to officially quote these brave souls, come out and say it when you have something to say. Otherwise, keep your mouth shut in the middle of these negotiations,” he said.

Mr Griffin also said food production is more important than ever as he slammed Mr Ryan calling for a 30 per cent carbon cut for the farming sector.

He added: “None of us are climate change deniers, absolutely not. But when it comes to these counterproductive things, I will not remain silent.” Kerry TD calls for a ban on SUVs in the Dublin constituency of Green Party leader Eamon Ryan in the dispute over climate targets

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