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Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Richard Bruton: I thank the Deputy for acknowledging the work of Kieran Mulvey. He did an exceptional job. He is a man of great experience who comes from the midlands and he worked with everyone. It shows the value of appointing an independent commissioner to pull those strands together. His work is very valuable. We are honouring all those pledges, including providing €36 million this year to...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Brian Leddin: I welcome the opportunity to ask the Minister questions in the Thirty-third Dáil. I acknowledge his hard work as Minister in recent years and thank him for it. He has always shown my colleague, Deputy Eamon Ryan, respect and courtesy in the Dáil and I will endeavour to engage constructively with him and his successor in the very important work carried out by the Department of...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Richard Bruton: The position on the national broadband plan is as I outlined. I am now seeking to accelerate it so that people in the sixth and seventh year could be brought forward. My officials are in discussions with the company to see if we can accelerate the roll-out from the end of the second half of next year. Regarding this year, 80 of the broadband contact connection points will be rolled out...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Peter Burke: The first report of the just transition by Kieran Mulvey is trying to devise new jobs in the energy sector in Longford and Westmeath. The impact of the company closure on those families who have worked for generations in Bord na Móna cannot be underestimated. I was with the Minister last year in the Lough Ree power station. There we saw first hand the impact the closures were having....

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Frank Feighan: Over the past few months, certainly with Covid-19, many people are considering living and working in rural Ireland. Many Members in the Houses use the national broadband plan as a political football and now the same people are calling for greater access across the State. They are demanding more connectivity. The broadband operators are seeing 30% more use in broadband. Politicians in this...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Richard Bruton: I outlined 650 job opportunities we are seeking to create in the midlands, which will be important as the transition occurs. Bord na Móna has topped up the temporary wage subsidy, so people are retaining their full basic wage. I understand that seasonal workers are eligible for the pandemic unemployment payment. They are not part of the full-time staff. On the other issues the...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Brian Stanley: I raise with the Minister the important issue of the good weather we have had for the past three months during the Covid lockdown and the fact that Bord na Móna has not been able to harvest one shovelful of peat. As a result, hundreds of jobs are in jeopardy-----

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thought the Deputy was going to congratulate the Minister on the good weather.

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Brian Stanley: I will congratulate him on that in a moment. Turf cutters in Laois, Offaly and throughout the midlands who depend on Bord na Móna plots have not been able to cut one sod of turf. Thousands of households throughout the midlands, from Laois and Offaly up to Roscommon, depend on this as a source of fuel for the winter. They do not have €50,000 or €60,000 at this point for a...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

David Cullinane: Can the Minister tell me how many workers in Bord na Móna and the ESB are due to lose their current jobs by the end of the year? How many of those are benefitting from either the just transition fund or the retrofit programme at this point? The answer is "None of them". The Minister says these initiatives are at an advanced stage and the just transition fund is open for tenders, but a...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Richard Bruton: I do not have the number of jobs affected by the closure of the two plants. Roughly 180 workers who are directly involved in the plants' operations will not be retained. Unfortunately there have been other requirements on Bord na Móna as a result of Covid-19. There has been a decline in electricity demand, which has resulted in less use of the higher-cost solid fuel elements Bord na...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

David Cullinane: We have a very short time and that is not relevant to the question that I put. I asked how many workers would lose their jobs. The answer is 190.

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Richard Bruton: The Deputy can either ask the questions and let me answer them or he can provide both the question and the answer himself.

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

David Cullinane: I asked the Minister for a number. He gave it to me and then he waffled about other issues that have nothing to do with the question I asked. There is every prospect that a lot of the workers who are going to lose their jobs will never see a transition. Unless the Minister puts his skates on, the only transition they will see is a transition from their current jobs onto the dole queue....

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Richard Bruton: I will deal with the Deputy's first question. The National Parks and Wildlife Service's bog restoration programme will create 40 jobs. Bord na Móna has won that tender. The advanced rehabilitation of Bord na Móna's bogs will create more than 200 jobs. The company intends to start that work before the end of the year. The retrofitting of homes in the midlands will provide 400...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

David Cullinane: That was exactly six minutes.

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Claire Kerrane: I wish to raise several issues affecting Bord na Móna workers. I raised some of these issues with the Minister by email at the end of April. At that time, between 190 and 230 Bord na Móna workers were laid off due to the impact of Covid-19. That was the reason given to employees in Bord na Móna's direct communication with them. At that time, they put some workers on the...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank Deputy Chambers for sharing his time with me this evening. I too acknowledge the fabulous work An Post has done in connecting in with people in recent weeks. However, the two issues I wish to address this evening are broadband and our new engagement with social media. Is the Department engaging with the Department of Education and Skills on creating a heat map to ensure teachers...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I am sorry but there is no opportunity to respond to those questions now.

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

David Cullinane: I am sharing with Deputies Kerrane and Stanley. The allocation of time will be six minutes, five minutes and four minutes, respectively.

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