Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Public Accounts Committee

2017 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 7 - Office of the Minister for Finance
Chapter 1 - Exchequer Financial Outturn for 2017
Chapter 22 - Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

9:00 am

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats) | Oireachtas source

This is relevant to capital spending and ensuring those fines do not accelerate. We saw that the Moneypoint power plant was part of the reason for the improvement in our emissions numbers last year. That was because there was a breakdown at the plant. Since our underlying figures on emissions are not improving, we cannot be sure that we can avoid exposure to greater fines. The way to deal with this is to invest in public transport, retrofitting of housing and so forth. Has the Department done a profile or cost-benefit analysis specifically on climate or is that simply looked at on the basis of each individual capital project?


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