Dáil News

Towards a New National Climate Policy discussed at Oireachtas Committee on the Environment

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

  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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Speaking on Education and Training Boards Bill 2012

It makes perfect sense to reduce the number of VECs from 33 to 16 - there were originally 38 committees - and to reduce the nine Education Acts to one. Having had to go through Education Acts as chairman of a VEC, I am aware this measure will simplify matters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b80GelrJ5tE&t=7s This is not just about saving money. It is about making the system fit for purpose, which it has not been for a long time. The boards will

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Credit Guarantee Scheme is welcome support for business

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

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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Insurance Industry needs to State why OPW Flood Protection Works are not Enough

Over €8.5 million has been invested by the OPW on flood protection works along the Dodder River that flanks areas of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount in Dublin. At the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment today, representatives from the Irish Insurance Federation were not able to state if these works provided sufficient protection to properties in that area to enable them to be insured for flood damage.   The insurance industry in Ireland

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Climate Change Bill Update September 2012

As the Dáil returns from the summer recess there has been some progress towards the drafting and publication of a Climate Change Bill.   1. Climate Change Bill included in Government Legislative Programme You may be aware that the Government's legislative programme for the Autumn/Winter session was published on Tuesday 18th September and in Section G it lists the Climate Change Bill as one for which Heads of Bills are expected before the

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Legislative Programme for Autumn Published

Yesterday saw the publication of the Government's Legislative programme for the Autumn session. We have a very busy few months ahead of us in the Oireachtas where the main focus will be in the areas of finance, jobs and children. Minister Frances FitzGerald will bring the legislation required to hold the Children's Referendum before the Oireachtas in the next number weeks. If passed, further legislation will be introduced in a number of areas to

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Dáil Debate on Poolbeg Incinerator

Yesterday in the Dáil I raised the issue of the ongoing uncertainty in relation to the Poolbeg Incinerator in a topical issue debate with the Minister for Environment as the contract expired on the 31st August 2012. On 29th February 2012 Dublin Local Authorities and Covanta reached agreement on revised commercial arrangements for the Poolbeg Incinerator with a final extension to the end of August. We were told at the time that this would be the

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