Dáil debates

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements


8:45 pm

Photo of Michael FitzmauriceMichael Fitzmaurice (Roscommon-Galway, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I have a couple of questions for the Minister. On the 6% of the hedgerows and trees around the country that have not been accounted for in the emissions, will the Minister ensure it is included as it could bring emissions for agriculture down 8% to 10%? Is the Minister willing to heed my proposal that in respect of holdings of 50 acres we would put in a shelter belt and the Government would incentivise farmers to do that work? On the just transition, is the Minister willing to talk to the EU in regard to what was done in Shannon by Lemass years ago, namely, that the midlands area, including Galway, Roscommon and Knock Airport, would be tax incentivised areas such that new businesses could be created there? My understanding is that other countries such as Spain were given that from Europe.

It is critical that Mr. Mulvey is given the resources he needs. I concur 100% with what has been said. He needs the resources. He is like a one-man band. He is a good guy. Let nobody say any different. Is the Minister prepared to bring all county councils on board such that no one council is leading the posse and nobody else knows what is going on?


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