Dáil debates

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

8:00 pm

Photo of Ciarán CuffeCiarán Cuffe (Minister of State , Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister of State , Department of Transport; Minister of State , Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Dún Laoghaire, Green Party)

I agree that public representatives must work with the community they represent, but we need leadership on the energy security and climate change issue. We have to marry the concerns of local communities about planning with the need to address the three concerns I mentioned earlier.

The third example is in the area of transportation. The Green Party has argued long and hard for stronger investment in public transport. We are transforming the bus system in Government, with straighter routes and better information to the end users. We need all of that to happen and we need to shift the capital investment away from a position where the vast bulk goes into roads to a position where the bulk of the money goes into public transport.

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