The rejection of Nature Restoration Law welcomed

Limerick Rural Independent TD Richard O'Donoghue

THE rejection by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee of the proposed Nature Restoration Law was welcomed by one County Limerick TD.

Limerick Rural Ireland Independent TD Richard O’Donoghue, who says he had plenty of concerns over the proposed law, including an element whereby there was a requirement to rewet tens of thousands of hectares of land across Ireland.  

“While nature preservation is undeniably important, it is crucial to strike a balance. The current proposal’s green tunnel vision, with nature always taking priority, even outside of nature reserves, is excessively far-reaching. It is essential to consider the needs of our communities alongside conservation efforts,” he insisted.

The rejection of the Nature Restoration Law by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee is a remarkable occurrence, underscoring the need for inclusive and balanced approaches to nature conservation. It reflects the concerns shared by my Rural Independent colleagues and I, regarding the prioritisation of nature preservation at the expense of other essential needs.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the committee’s rejection of the Nature Restoration Law. This decision demonstrates that the proposed legislation failed to meet the expectations and requirements of rural communities. Moreover, this rejection is particularly noteworthy as it is the second time this green ideological text has been rejected by parliamentary committees.”

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Deputy O’Donoghue is now urging the European Parliament to support the committee’s rejection of the proposed Nature Restoration Law during the upcoming plenary session this month.

“Upholding this rejection is an essential step toward ensuring that the voices and unique needs of rural communities are duly considered in all future legislative endeavours.”

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