The Green Party has said the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, needs to convene an emergency Cabinet meeting, after Ireland became only the second country in the world to declare a climate emergency last night. 

The Green Party described last night's Dail declaration as a historic achievement, but it also warned the Government that calling a climate emergency will be viewed as "gesture politics" unless, what it terms, Ireland's atrocious record on climate is tackled. 

Deputy leader Catherine Martin said Mr Varadkar needs to call an emergency Cabinet meeting and, as an urgent first step, clear the way for the full implementation of the recommendations contained in the Oireachtas Climate report.

The Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton said he welcomed the Dáil declaration and suggested it would assist him in negotiations at Cabinet with delivering an imaginative climate plan within a matter of weeks. 

Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and Labour say they will be watching to see how closely Minister Bruton's climate plan aligns with the recommendations in the Oireachtas Climate report. 

People Before Profit's Bríd Smith said another big test will be whether the Government supports her bill to limit oil and gas exploration here, after holding it hostage in committee for nearly two years. 

Meanwhile, the Irish Farmers' Association Environment Chairman described the Dáil's declaration of a climate emergency in Ireland as "a wake-up call", following a decade of climate "inaction" by successive governments.

In a statement released today, the Irish Farmers’ Association Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney pointed out that the first national climate road map out to 2030 was published ten years ago.

Reiterating government awareness of the key actions that would deliver the greatest climate impact, he emphasised they were not acted upon "adequately".

According to the IFA environment chairman, farm scale and community based renewable supports were not put in place to support the displacement of fossil fuels.

The same goes for adequate supports for retro-fitting homes and buildings with appropriate insulation and lighting.

The development of forestry on unenclosed lands was also hindered.

Instead, Mr Cooney warned, Ireland has lost a decade to "acrimony and finger wagging", with farmers becoming the "fall guys" for decades of climate inaction within the State.

"Amid all the noise in the climate debate, it has become lost that the key culprit of emissions spiralling out of control in Ireland is transport, not farming and food production," he added.