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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: In the new term I ask that the Leader looks to conduct a debate on Ireland's marine spatial policy. I welcome the recent launch by the Government of a draft marine planning policy statement. The size of our offshore area is ten times the landmass of our island. The Irish continental shelf comprises 220 million acres. As well as being relatively unexplored, we have a very poor spatial...

Seanad: Local Government Rates and Other Matters Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: On the issue of rates and the curtailing of powers in cases of a sharp increases in rates, there was rates equalisation in place at the time the town councils were abolished. Three town councils were abolished in County Mayo. Rates equalisation brought all the rates up to the higher level, which was the county council rate. Within the Ballina Town Council area, all the shops and businesses...

Seanad: Local Government Rates and Other Matters Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Will it allow them to introduce thresholds for smaller businesses and larger businesses?

Seanad: Local Government Rates and Other Matters Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Is that by abatement or waiver?

Seanad: Local Government Rates and Other Matters Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: They were at the mercy of the chief executive.

Seanad: Local Government Rates and Other Matters Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: There is loads of money in Kildare anyway.

Seanad: Local Government Rates and Other Matters Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: We have a small rates base in Mayo.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Housing and Retrofitting: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Regarding the budget for the warmer homes scheme and the warmth and wellbeing pilot scheme, how much money has been allocated and how much has been spent? I am asking on account of complaints I received, in both April and June, over delays being experienced by contractors in having the work they carried out audited. It was taking up to 13 weeks. They had to wait even longer for payment....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Housing and Retrofitting: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: What of these complaints? If the budget has not been spent, how are these delays in payments to contractors happening? We are talking about a skills shortage but contractors have taken people on because of these schemes and then find they are not getting paid, even under the terms the Department agreed with them and there are delays. Work is being put on hold.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Housing and Retrofitting: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Could Mr. Gannon answer because it is the SEAI that administers this?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Housing and Retrofitting: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Does that relate to the Department? Was there uncertainty around allocations as regards the Department?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Housing and Retrofitting: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Does the SEAI have to cut funds itself for the personnel who go out and audit the work carried out by contractors? Has SEAI reduced funding or personnel in its audit?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Housing and Retrofitting: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: As I understand it, when the work is completed, somebody must audit it to sign off on it.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Housing and Retrofitting: Discussion (10 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Have resources been reduced in that regard, leading to delays in the work getting signed off on and, ultimately, contractors getting paid?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Sector and Climate Action Plan: Discussion (9 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I welcome the Minister of State and his officials. Planting and afforestation are some of the measures we need to take for carbon sequestration as the Minister of State has set out and it is desirable. It is also desirable that we have species diversity in the forests and that the forests are in the right places. Based on the issue Deputy Martin Kenny and the Minister of State discussed...

Seanad: Climate Action Plan: Statements (4 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Climate Action Plan: Statements (4 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Climate Action Plan: Statements (4 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: The objective of EU countries, including Ireland, to net zero carbon by 2050 is noble and necessary. In that context I very much welcome the Government's climate action plan. It is a very important and serious document. I have heard the Minister at conferences and elsewhere and he is the first to say that this will not be easy because we are talking about a complete overhaul of our...

Seanad: Climate Action Plan: Statements (4 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: If we do not have some satisfactory evidence that climate commitments under the deal are deliverable, then we are wasting our time tying citizens of our country and the EU to the expense of implementing climate action policies.

Seanad: Citizens’ Assemblies Bill 2019: Order for Second Stage (4 Jul 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I move that: "That Second Stage be taken now."

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