Roscommon members of ‘Extinction Rebellion’ joined several hundred protesters in Dublin this week calling for action on climate change.
The action is part of ‘Rebellion Week’, an international event organised by this environmental group. Similar protests are taking place in capital cities around the world.
Protesters came to Dublin from all over the country and marched from Heuston Station to Leinster House. A mock funeral for the planet was held outside the gates of the Dáil.
The event will end on Sunday, with each day having a different environmental theme.
Aisling and Darragh Connaughton travelled to Dublin with their four-month-old daughter Beth. Darragh said: “I’d encourage anyone that wants to get involved in Rebellion Week to head for Merrion Square any or every morning for 11 am. The atmosphere at basecamp is friendly and relaxed. Gardai are there and are very helpful and respectful.
“There’s something for everyone to do. The important thing is to get involved. The time for action is now!”
Another member, Julie O’ Donoghue, also attended the protest with her children. She was critical of the Irish government’s response to date.
“Our government is still granting gas exploration licenses and subsidising fossil fuels. They are pushing for Shannon LNG, a liquified natural gas terminal, to import fracked gas from the US, which would lock us into decades more of fossil fuels.
“They are also blocking environmental legislation, such as the Climate Emergency Measures Bill. Extinction Rebellion is calling on our government to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergencies and to ensure a just transition to a low-carbon economy”.