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What's in the Climate Action Plan and does it go far enough?

How does a country halve its greenhouse gas emissions in just nine years?

The new Climate Action Plan is the Irish government's answer to that question. The proposals within it, if implemented, will radically change life in the country.

So what's in it, who will it affect the most and does it go far enough?

Jennifer Ryan talks to Jennifer Bray, political correspondent with The Irish Times and Dr Hannah Daly, lecturer in sustainable energy at University College Cork.

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