An environmental activist whose group took a High Court action over the government’s climate action plan has said he was “very disappointed” to lose the case, but will appeal against the decision. Tony Lownes, the director of Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), said he was saddened by the ruling, but added that his resolve to continue with the case was undiminished. “What’s so heartening is the energy and momentum behind this, to see so many people here today, and for the hearings back in January,” he said after the ruling yesterday. “We won’t stop fighting, absolutely not,” he said, adding that his group would discuss an appeal to the Supreme Court with its lawyers, who indicated this could take place next year. FIE brought a case to the High Court against the government, arguing one of its central plans to tackle climate change did not do enough to protect its citizens.
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