Thursday, 12 May 2022
Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation
Gary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats)
Like the Tánaiste, in recent months I visited Colombia. I did so with the human rights organisation, Christian Aid. While there I visited the La Guajira region and the notorious Cerrejon coal mine, from which Ireland, through the ESB, purchased much of its coal supply until 2018. As a consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we rightly will not be engaging with Russia on the purchase of coal but is it our intention to purchase coal from Colombia once again? Will that coal come from the Cerrejon mine? If so, has a human rights assessment been carried out or will the Government commit to one?