Environment & Local Government

Waste Regulator Needed to Deal with Greyhound

In the Dáil today I had a topical issue debate with Minister Phil Hogan on the need for a waste regulator and strong legislation to deal with companies like Greyhound and the practises they have been engaged in since waste collection was privatised in Dublin last January. Local Councillors also need powers to create by-laws to regulate what these companies are doing in different areas.   Full text below:   WASTE INDUSTRY REGULATOR NEEDED

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Greyhound should stop charging for recycling bags

Waste customers across Dublin City have been informed by Greyhound that they will no longer distribute free recycling bags or accept clear plastic bags. Greyhound is now charging €9 for six recycling bags. This is unacceptable when we want people to increase the amount of waste they recycle. This is a direct result of Dublin City Council's decision to privatise waste collection in the city with no provision to incentive residents to recycle.  

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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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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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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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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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Time to Exercise Break Clause in Poolbeg Incinerator Contract

The time has come for Dublin City Council to exercise the break clause in the contract for the Poolbeg Incinerator with Covanta. It is time for the City Manager to bring this long running charade to an end. It has cost the taxpayer over €80 million over more than a decade, and we can no longer afford this unnecessary white elephant. When the deadline of February 29th passed, council management stated that the final extension was to allow regulatory

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Consultation on Climate Change Policy published

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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