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Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Question put agreed to.

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ar 4.02 p.m. go dtí 2 p.m, Dé Máirt, an 23 Aibreán 2024. The Dáil adjourned at at 4.02 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 23 April 2024.

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: I will try to touch on some of the points raised. I really appreciate the contributions of all the Deputies this afternoon. I agree with Deputy Connolly. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to debate the issue. For National Biodiversity Day perhaps the Business Committee could look at having a broader debate on these issues. In this term of the Dáil, it is encouraging that we...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Richard Bruton: I welcome the debate. I welcome all the work that Deputy Brian Leddin and the committee put in, including Deputies Darren O'Rourke, Paul Murphy and others who have left the Chamber. It has been a very valuable debate with a lot of insight. Globally, we are using materials from nature each year that are double the capacity of nature to replenish. That is heading in the wrong direction and...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Paul Murphy: Haystack.

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Catherine Connolly: A haystack. Something as practical as this that should be treasured. It is the old road from Menlo into Galway. We have decarbonisation zones but there is no money for them. We have the climate action plans but they are not funded. All of the local authorities are under-funded and under-resourced. I am extremely critical of management. Staff are underfunded, under-resourced and...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Paul Murphy: The German philosopher Walter Benjamin once wrote that "Marx says that revolutions are the locomotives of world history. But the situation may be quite different. Perhaps revolutions are not the train ride, but the human race grabbing for the emergency brake." If we ever wanted an example of why we collectively need to pull the emergency brake, we look at the scale of the biodiversity...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: I will pick up where the Deputy left off in echoing his comments about the rights of nature and the establishment of the expert group. We do need that constitutional change to recognise people's right to a healthy environment on one hand and the rights of nature on the other. We know from very recent history that referenda are tricky. In the longer term and particularly as we look at the...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Darren O'Rourke: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the climate committee's consideration of the landmarks citizens' assembly on biodiversity loss. I thank the witnesses who presented before the committee. I also thank the secretariat, the other committee members, a number of whom are in the Chamber, and the Chair of the committee for his chairing of proceedings. Like others, I most of all want to thank...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Catherine Connolly: I am glad to have the opportunity to have five minutes on this but I put it to the Ceann Comhairle that it is not enough. I would ask the Business Committee to look at this. Last week we were in the Chamber for two and a half hours on the smoking ban, a measure that is 20 years old and very successful. Today there is 75 minutes on this motion. I thank the Chair of the committee and the...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Jennifer Whitmore: I welcome the rights of nature advocates who are in the Gallery. They and other environmental advocates have been working for decades to try to bring to the fore the needs of nature. Their work on this issue has been vital. As we are all aware, nature is in crisis. It has been dying on its feet for decades and that process has accelerated in recent years. Aligned with that is our...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Ivana Bacik: I commend the Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss and the young people's assembly on biodiversity loss. I commend Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and the members of the Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action on their work on this important report. I commend, in particular, Deputy Leddin who chaired the joint committee because, having been in the Chair of a...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: I am very grateful for the opportunity to speak today. I take this opportunity to formally welcome the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Change report on the examination of the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss. I express my thanks to members of the committee, who worked collaboratively and very diligently to produce the report in a...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Erosion (18 Apr 2024)

The works were completed in January 2022. Earlier this month, Wexford County Council made an application to the OPW under the OPW minor flood mitigation works and coastal protection scheme for further funding to progress the Seaview coastal protection scheme. The council proposes to introduce 155 m of rock armour coastal protection fronting several houses at Seaview on the Wexford coast....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Erosion (18 Apr 2024)

Verona Murphy: I thank the Minister of State. I am glad he provided that to me because I asked the director of services for it last week, but I think he said he was going to play golf or something on Thursday. He did not manage to get it to me by this Thursday. The problem is that much of what we have discussed was set down in a report in 2018 and 2019. I went back over that report and six years later...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Erosion (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: The scoping report on national coastal change management was approved by Government on 26 October last year. The strategy set out in this scoping report involves an integrated whole-of-government approach, with actions across many sectors. My Department will play a key role in co-ordinating and driving this essential work programme. The OPW has been designated as the national lead...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Brian Leddin: I move: That Dáil Éireann, in accordance with a Resolution of the Dáil of 22nd February, 2022, and the Order of the Dáil of 20th June, 2023, shall take note of the Report of the Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action entitled "Report on the examination of recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly report on biodiversity loss", copies of which were laid before...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Cards (18 Apr 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I thank the Minister of State for reading out the reply. It is the exact same as I received to a parliamentary question on 6 March 2024. If the Department of Health thinks I am going away, I am not. The reality is the Minister of State addressed the issue at the very end. The script did not address the realities of the issue. I was amused that the officials mentioned the fact that...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Cards (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: I will not be disingenuous and read the script in closing because the Deputy is well aware of the response. The issue he is raising is a much broader issue in terms of the reality of living on the islands in this day and age. It is a broader issue for Government and future governments to consider in respect of the economic, financial and other supports that can be put in place to ensure...

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