Campaigns and causes are just tactics in legislative game of dice

The TDs that voted to ban offshore exploration for fossil fuels, with the exception of the Greens, will not be there to support a rise in carbon taxes.

United we stand, divided we fall, writes Gerard Howlin

That was the story yesterday in the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Dividing six votes against six votes, it baulked at progressing legislation that would have had enormous consequences for our energy policy, and our reputation economically.

It was the defeat of an audacious political manoeuvre by People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith. Her Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Bill 2018 had completed pre-legislative scrutiny. The net decision was whether to forward the bill to committee stage, and significantly closer to final passage.

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