The High Court has ruled that the Government's 2017 National Climate Change Mitigation Plan did not violate constitutional rights of Irish citizens.
In January, a group of environmental activists, campaigning under the umbrella of Climate Case Ireland, sought to prove that the plan was in violation of the Constitution by failing to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It was heard by Mr Justice Michael McGrath in the High Court over four days.
Today, the High Court ruled that the Government's National Climate Change Mitigation Plan did not breach the constitutional right to bodily integrity through a failure to adequately protect the environment, nor has it breached the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
The case against the Government's Climate Mitigation Plan, known as Climate Case Ireland, was taken by Friends of the Irish Environment.
The plan was heavily criticised by environmentalists for being too vague and for lacking appropriate policy initiatives to ensure a large enough reduction in Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions.
Friends of the Irish Environment had argued the plan claim was unconstitutional, insofar as it breaches a person's constitutional right to bodily integrity and a clean environment and that it also breaches the European Convention on Human Rights by not protecting the environment.
'We may have lost our case but we haven't lost hope’ – a member of the group which challenged the Government's 2017 National Climate Change Mitigation Plan speaks outside the Four Courts | Read more: https://t.co/LbbpPR774v pic.twitter.com/xhD4Xj269Z— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 19, 2019
In a statement, the Government said it is focused on implementing the Climate Action Plan, which "sets out the actions we need to take in every department and every sector to achieve our climate targets".
The statement goes on to say that the plan will give Ireland a cleaner, safer and more sustainable future.
It also says the Government has noted the outcome of this case, and will carefully consider the judgement.