Sinn Féin says it won’t “pull figures out of thin air” on agriculture carbon emissions targets.

Sinn Féin has said it will not “pull a number out of thin air” on what it thinks the carbon emissions target for the farming sector should be.

Reen Party leader Eamon Ryan and Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue are currently locked in discussions about what the exact annual CO2 emissions target for the farming sector should be.

While the Greens favor a 30 percent cut, rural Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael TDs have pushed party leaders towards a cut closer to the 22 percent floor.

The government’s climate action plan set out a wide range of targets from 22 percent to 30 percent, but difficult talks are ongoing to set a specific number.

The Sinn Féin party has come under fire for not being able to say which carbon reduction target it would endorse.

TD David Cullinane said opposition politicians are not privy to the research and data behind some of the proposed targets and the party wants to see “workable” solutions.

“What we want to see is practical, what needs to be done to achieve the goals that have been set. We have been excluded from setting these sectoral targets, the opposition has not been involved,” he told reporters at Leinster House.

The Oireachtas Agriculture Committee is due to meet tomorrow to discuss carbon emissions and Mr Cullinane said he would like a “percentage point by percentage” breakdown of how the targets will be met.

“How can we take a position on a number when it is backed by science and data? We can’t just pull a number out of thin air because it was presented to us by a journalist,” he said.

“We have to make proposals that work and we have to set and agree on goals that can actually be achieved. So if we look at the data and hope that we do, then we can say what’s possible.

“It is reasonable to allow the Agriculture Committee and opposition spokesmen in these areas to examine what data, what modeling the government has done.” Sinn Féin says it won’t “pull figures out of thin air” on agriculture carbon emissions targets.

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