John Gibbons: No winners in using the crisis in Ukraine as cover to derail climate policies

While the crisis lays bare our vulnerabilities on food and energy, the notion of doubling down on fossil fuels in the wake of the Russian invasion has been strongly criticised

Mark Mellett, the former chief of staff of the Defence Forces, warned last year that Ireland had a ‘false sense of security’. Picture: Bryan Meade

In the hyper-globalised world of the 21st century, notions such as a national energy supply or food security may, until very recently, have seemed almost quaint. Ireland has bet heavily on an economic model of exporting most of what we produce while importing almost everything we actually need.

As long as secure, reliable supplies of cheap food, energy, animal feed and fertilisers were flowing freely, the fact that 90 per cent of our agricultural output ...