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Greens Propose Plastic Bag Tax to Help Fund Environment Watchdog

Green Party Press Release • 27 June 2006

The Green Party’s local councillors, Bill Corry (Downpatrick) and Ciaran Mussen (Newry and Mourne) proposed a tax on plastic bags to help fund a new environmental watchdog, when they met today with a Panel responsible for a review of environmental governance.

The Greens also welcomed the imminent abolition of Crown Immunity which “provides a wholesale amnesty for some of our Government-sponsored polluters” including the Water Service.

Councillor Ciaran Mussen told the independent Panel, Tom Burke (Chair), Sharon Turner, and Gordon Bell: “The introduction of a plastic bag tax in the Republic of Ireland has been an outstanding popular success and an example to be followed. We could use such a levy to raise millions of pounds to help fund a robust, independent Environmental Protection Agency in Northern Ireland, which remains the only part of these islands with such a body.”

Councillor Bill Corry added: “The Green Party left the Panel in no doubt that we view the reform of environmental governance as an urgent task, which must restore public confidence that Government Departments will take a lead in protecting our most valuable asset.”

Councillor Brian Wilson (North Down), welcomed the prospect of an independent EPA and the abolition of Crown Immunity, recalling that both are core demands in the Party’s Manifesto.

The Green Party presented an extensive list of recommendations to the Panel, including, proposals for:

  • The abolition of Crown Immunity;
  • A strong role for a new EPA over local government;
  • Generous resources to ensure that an EPA can operate independently and effectively;
  • A Junior Minister responsible for sustainable development in the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister;
  • An Environmental Audit Committee to be created at the Northern Ireland Assembly;
  • Priority for ‘environmental justice’ and a participatory approach based on the model of ‘restorative justice’; and
  • A role for a new EPA in ensuring that the judiciary, the police and other security-related institutions begin to take their environmental protection role seriously.

















































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Index: Current Articles

2 July 2006

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Salvaging History from Defeat
Forum Magazine Editorial

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
Dolours Price

Monsignor Denis Faul: Tribute
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh

Protest Continues in Maghaberry
Republican Prisoners Action Group (RPAG) statement

Where the Wind Blows
Dr John Coulter

What's Shaking
John Kennedy

Left, Right, Left, Right Wrong
Mick Hall

Irish Democracy, A Framework for Unity
Francis Mackey

The Peace Progress and the State
Davy Carlin

'The Church Brought to its Knees': Two books on Catholic Ireland's retreat
Seaghán Ó Murchú

Somme Battle Conspiracy
Dr John Coulter

March March March
John Kennedy

What's Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander!
Patrick Hurley

Sovereignty Movement Condemns Racist Attacks
Andy Martin, 32 CSM

Greens Propose Plastic Bag Tax to Help Fund Environment Watchdog
Green Party Press Release

The Framing of Michael McKevitt: Introduction
Marcella Sands

The Framing of Michael McKevitt: Garda Harassment & Eventual Sitch-up
Marcella Sands

Dolours Price

Judas 118 or DUP Strategy of Subversion?
Anthony McIntyre

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The Framing of Michael McKevitt
Marcella Sands

Foreward to 'The Framing of Michael McKevitt'
Fr Des Wilson

Demagogues and Demigod
Tommy Gorman

Getting It Tight
John Kennedy

The Restoration of Restorative Justice
Marcel M. Baumann

DUP Analysis
Dr John Coulter

Father Faul
Fr. Sean McManus

Aiden Hulme Repatriation Picket
Paul Doyle

Prison Protest Begins
Republican Prisoners Action Group (RPAG), Republican Sinn Fein, Newry

New Hero, and a Legacy
Dr John Coulter

Charlie's Angel
John Kennedy

The Letters page has been updated.

Profile: Mehdi Mozaffari
Anthony McIntyre

The Blanket, the Cartoons and the End of Left and Right
Gabriel Glickman

The Blanket and the Cartoon Controversy: Anthony McIntyre Interviewed
Martyn Frampton

A Welcome End
Mick Hall

Anthony McIntyre

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