Climate protesters have stormed the room and interrupted a speech by Environment Minister Richard Bruton at Dublin’s Botanic Gardens.
Extinction Rebellion protesters claim the forest industry is using the climate emergency for commercial interests.
Two members held up a banner near the minister that read: “60% species extinction globaly (sic) in 45 years no more Sitka.”
Sitka is a type of spruce tree, originating in the US, that is controversially being planted in Ireland to help with our forest cover.
The sign was ripped from the protesters’ hands before they were escorted away from the front of the room.
Later, a man stood on steps flanking the seats and read aloud from a note.
Others also joined in the protest, while Minister Bruton sat at the front and sipped water.
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