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Climate Obstruction in Ireland: The Contested Transformation of an Agricultural Economy

Kelly, Orla orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-9139-7792, McNally, Brenda orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-4405-6319 and Stephens, Jennie (2024) Climate Obstruction in Ireland: The Contested Transformation of an Agricultural Economy. In: Brulle, RJ, Roberts, JT and Spencer, MC, (eds.) Climate Obstruction in Europe. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 80-108. ISBN 9780197762073

The Republic of Ireland is considered a climate leader-having passed ambitious climate plans, including the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (2018)-and a climate laggard, as policy implementation has been weak failing to effectively reduce emissions. This chapter reviews the nuanced landscape of climate obstruction in Ireland describing the evolution of climate policies and outlining the role of news media in platforming climate contrarians as well as climate denial and delay discourses. It also provides a sectoral analysis of climate obstruction paying attention to the energy and transport sectors, and the discursive strategies used by the agri-food sector. This review suggests that transformative change is stymied by the country's long colonial history of economic and ecological exploitation, implementation challenges due to inertia and a long planning process, its reliance on foreign direct investment, and the political power of rural culture and the agri-food sector.
Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Climate Governance, Climate Action
Subjects:Social Sciences > Communication
Social Sciences > Journalism
Social Sciences > Mass media
Social Sciences > Political science
Social Sciences > Sociology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Institute of Education > School of STEM Education, Innovation, & Global Studies
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Official URL:https://cssn.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Climat...
Copyright Information:Authors
ID Code:30072
Deposited On:21 Jun 2024 10:58 by Brenda Mcnally . Last Modified 21 Jun 2024 10:58

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