An advocacy group, Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), filed suit in the High Court, arguing that the Irish government’s approval of the National Mitigation Plan in 2017 violated Ireland’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, the Constitution of Ireland, and human rights obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, particularly the right to life and the right to private and family life. FIE alleges that the National Mitigation Plan, which seeks to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050 compared to 1990 levels, is not “fit for purpose” because it is not designed to achieve substantial emissions reductions within the next few decades.
The case was argued before the High Court on January 22, 2019. FIE requested the High Court quash the National Mitigation Plan and order the government to write a new plan.
The Irish government has not consented to make the legal documents related to this case public. Since the case documents were not available for review, this case summary is based on FIE’s description of its allegations and public media reporting.
No case documents are available.