Ireland has joined a small club of countries that have banned oil and gas exploration. It hopes its action will encourage other countries to follow suit.In July 2019, the Irish government under prime minister Leo Varadkar fought tooth and nail to stop the passage of a law from a left-wing member of the Irish parliament. Brid Smith’s Climate Emergency Bill would have ended the issuing of licences to companies to drill oil and gas in Irish waters. The Irish climate movement had used the government’s lack of a majority in the Dail (the lower house of parliament) to good effect in the preceding years, banning fracking and making Ireland the first country in the world to remove fossil fuel investments from its sovereign wealth fund.
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