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Climate activists stage protest at government department

The incident occurred at the Department of Climate Action and the Environment.

Members of Extinction Rebellion glue themselves together as they stage a protest at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Dublin (Justin Farrelly/PA)
Members of Extinction Rebellion glue themselves together as they stage a protest at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Dublin (Justin Farrelly/PA)

Climate activists descended on the Department of Climate Action and the Environment.

Five protesters arranged themselves around the front doors of the building on Dublin’s Adelaide Road, while the two on the outer edge superglued their palms to the glass panels.

The group sat on foam sheets and held pictures of their young children, nieces and nephews, who they say represent the generation who will suffer most from the governments “inaction” on climate.

Gardai arrived at the building after the first hour and spoke with organisers, telling them they had “no plans to give them any PR” by removing them, but did make inquiries about the type of glue they had used.

TD Brid Smith arrived to support the group, and said that young people were “shouting and screaming” about climate change and being “ignored by the government”.

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Members of Extinction Rebellion glue themselves together (Justin Farrelly/AP)

“This is the department of inaction, because anything they say they will do has to be taken with a dose of hypocrisy,” she said.

“They are being lobbied heavily by the oil and gas industry, one of the most powerful industries in the world.

“The protest here is so important because we can’t let them away with that.

“This is a climate emergency and we’re seeing it on a daily basis.”

Ms Smith added she is considering legal action against the government for blocking the Climate Emergency Bill.

“We’re talking about taking action to the High Court on three or four different grounds, on the grounds of democracy, inaccuracies, how the licensing system works, and on the grounds of the climate emergency itself which is the most obvious one, and we’ll be looking for a judicial review on it.”

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