Author Archive of James

Towards a New National Climate Policy discussed at Oireachtas Committee on the Environment
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National Economic & Social Council (NESC) presented its interim report  'Towards a New National Climate Policy' informing the climate change legislation process was discussed at today's Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment. This is a welcome step towards publication of the long-awaited Climate Change Bill. - The full debate can be viewed here- As a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, I look forward to further

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Mary Robinson invited to speak to Environment Committee – Humphreys
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  I welcome the decision today, at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht, to extend an invitation to the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice (MRFCJ) group to appear at a meeting. The Committee has been discussing the interim report from the National Economic and Social Council; 'Towards a New National Climate Policy', that deals solely with climate change policy as it relates to Irish socio-economic

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Credit Guarantee Scheme is welcome support for business
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The Credit Guarantee Scheme will be operational from Wednesday 24th October. It is a support business urgently needs. The recent EU Commission Overview of Competitiveness across 27 member states shows that lending to small and medium enterprises (SME's) is Ireland's weakest area and an issue we need to urgently address. SME access to bank lending is critical to enterprise, innovation, and job creation and we are currently the second poorest performer

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Plebiscite on the creation of a directly elected Mayor for Dublin in 2014
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I welcome the decision that a plebiscite will be held in 2014 on the creation of a directly elected Mayor for Dublin. It will give citizens of our capital a say in their future and ensure a decision is not forced onto them. This reform will be delivered through democracy. Dublin voters will also finally have their proper representation at council level and no longer be discriminated against in comparison to other counties. This Government is committed

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Bank of Ireland should give Parliament Building on College Green to the State

I welcome the chance to make a statement on Philanthropy and the Arts. With funding from the State to the arts under extreme pressure, it is important that we put in place structures to encourage people, whether wealthy or not, to support, donate and give money to the arts within reason. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpfVDmQp_5M&feature=player_embedded Corporate sponsorship has been a great support to the arts and cultural organisations in Ireland

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Consultation on Climate Change Policy published
Solar Energy Vs. Fossil Fuel

I welcome the publication today of the results of the public consultation on climate change policy development. I look forward to a strong engagement at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, of which I am a member, with the outcomes of this process. A total of 623 responses were recorded, and the task of the Committee will be to work with the Minister for Environment, his Department, and the NESC Secretariat on the Heads of Bill which

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Apartment Management Company Advice

In today's Irish Times Property supplement (Thursday 30th August 2012) in the Property Clinic advice column there is an excellent summary of actions open to apartment owners who are encountering difficulties with setting up a management company for their complex and dealign with non co-operating developers under the terms of the Multi-Unit Development Act. Article is included below as a scanned image. Further information on the MUD Act is available

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Rathmines & Rathgar Roadworks

Reinstatement and resurfacing works are being carried out on the Rathmines Road and Richmond Street South between the junction at Military Road and junction with Harrington Street. Similar works will take place on the Rathgar Road between the junction with Highfield Road and junction with Grosvenor Road. These works commenced on the 19th August and will run for approximately 6 weeks; Sunday to Wednesday between the hours of 7.30pm each evening until

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Personal Insolvency Bill
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I welcome the introduction of this broad and comprehensive Bill and I want to thank the Minister, his officials and also the members of the Justice Committee for their painstaking work on it. This is a complex and radical reform of our bankruptcy laws and forms one part of the many solutions that we are working on to deal with the problems of unsustainable mortgage and personal debt that affects households across the country and acts as a drag on

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Publication of all-party water provision report
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I welcome the publication today of the Report on Sustainable and Clean Water Provision by the Joint Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and Gaeltacht. It is the result of many hearings taking views and evidence from a broad range of stakeholders. This report outlines key findings that I believe must be taken on board during the establishment of the new Irish Water utility to ensure Irish people get a clean, safe and sustainable water supply.

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