The head of Longford County Council believes all local authorities need extra resources to help tackle the climate crisis.
Paddy Mahon was speaking at a special Oireachtas committee meeting today discussing the response of County Councils to climate change.
He outlined that that climate issues are featuring more and more in all aspects of the work of local authorities and are considered regularly at senior management meetings.
He feels the government need to provide additional supports and roles at local authority level to tackle the issue more effectively :
"We believe each local authority needs a climate action coordinator, an energy and emissions manager, a climate action officer, a green solutions specialist and a community climate action officer. We have been engaging with the Department over the last year with a view to securing the necessary funding towards putting these resources in place in advance of the Climate Action plans being prepared by local authorities before the end of this year."