Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Committee on Budgetary Oversight

Budgetary and Fiscal Implications of Climate Change: Discussion

Photo of John LahartJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail)
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Phrases like "carbon tax denial" and "carbon tax deniers" are new ones on me. We will take them from this meeting. It is clear that the witnesses feel strongly about the academic research.

I have a question for the officials from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. This committee receives documents regularly. It recently received an overview and analysis of major infrastructure projects under the national development plan. Those projects are costed. Some of the costs are overrunning significantly already, even those that are planned beyond 2027. There is a capital tracker for the costing of these projects. The work that was done by the Joint Committee on Climate Action and the Citizens' Assembly fed into the advice given to the Minister by the officials and others. At some stage, the officials must have engaged with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on how much all of these proposals would cost over a period of time. I am asking this question from a budgetary oversight perspective. Do the officials have any costings?