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Seanad: Statement by the Taoiseach (18 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: It is great to have this opportunity to have this engagement with the Taoiseach in the Upper House. As we are celebrating the 70th anniversary since the coming into being of the Republic, I would like to focus on the here and now and plans for future prosperity for our nation and its people. I want to focus on the whole area and challenge of achieving balanced regional development and...

Seanad: Statement by the Taoiseach (18 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: There will be no wind farm supporting it with green energy. An opportunity for jobs and investment for Athenry and the whole region has been lost. Since the granting of planning permission in August 2016, it took until last week for the whole judicial review process to conclude. This raises a number of matters. First, a planning system that yields this type of result is not fit for...

Seanad: Statement by the Taoiseach (18 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Internationally, such matters are noted and taken on board by investors and this is really going to stymie us; we have presented ourselves as a small open economy and if we cannot attract in this type of investment we are going to be in bother. Another matter I have raised with the Taoiseach before is the whole issue of European sites. These are lands designated as special areas of...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I highlight the recent decision of the Supreme Court to dismiss an appeal concerning the Apple data centre. A decision was issued by An Bord Pleanála in August 2016 and it has taken until now to have an appeal dealt with. Even though the appeal has been dismissed, the appellants have won because Apple has left. The Athenry area has been deprived of an €850 million development...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Water and Sewerage Schemes Provision (10 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I thank the Minister of State for coming in to take this important issue. We are facing into the implementation of a new multi-annual rural water programme between 2019 and 2021. I seek a proper water connection for households in Downpatrick, Furmoyle, and Carramore, which is a townland in Ballycastle, County Mayo, in order that they have water they can drink, wash their clothes in and use...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Water and Sewerage Schemes Provision (10 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I thank the Minister of State for agreeing to revert to me regarding Carramore. I appreciate that. I have hope. There have been several schemes in Mayo and every time they change the rules, one scheme gets brought into the net. It has been very piecemeal but it will make a big difference for the people concerned. All of us can agree that in this day and age, having to bring water to...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Water and Sewerage Schemes Provision (10 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Given priority perhaps.

Seanad: Transport Matters: Statements (4 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I welcome the Minister to the Chamber and will try to be succinct. I have no doubt that the Minister is aware about the excellent presentation that we received from Iarnród Éireann on its plans to help us to decarbonise transport, which is timely in the context of the report published by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action last week. Of course there are different...

Seanad: Transport Matters: Statements (4 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I will be mindful of that.

Seanad: Transport Matters: Statements (4 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Finally and most importantly, will the Minister conduct an audit in conjunction with TII to determine the number of major and minor projects on the national network of primary routes which have been delayed or refused by virtue of environmental designation under the habitats and birds directives and how much additional cost has been imposed on those projects as a result? I give the Minister...

Seanad: Transport Matters: Statements (4 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: What about the road-----

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (3 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I fully support the call by my colleague, Senator Paddy Burke, for a debate on the strategy for our railway services. It is timely that we would have that debate now. As Senator Lombard pointed out, last week we launched our climate action report after seven months of hearing witnesses and deliberations. It will chart our way forward to decarbonise our economy. A key issue in that is...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (3 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Hear, hear.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Plant Certification: Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (2 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Are copies of the presentation available?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Plant Certification: Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (2 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: I have not had the benefit of hearing everything our guests have said because I was required for a vote in the Seanad. Another vote has just been called. Are they stating that, because the wet matter comes in and is dried and will be fed back in to generate electricity, this is an issue for the commission and that was not the position previously?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Plant Certification: Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (2 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Mr. Mulvey is saying that the previous proposition was that they were importing dried biomass and the necessary moisture had been taken out. Is he stating that was the format in which it was coming in? It was not going to be dried in the-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Plant Certification: Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (2 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Is Mr. Melvin saying that, by virtue of the model or proposition that is now before the commission, this is going to cost the Exchequer more or is he saying that the applicant is basically burning a more valuable resource? I assume the applicant will get a certain amount per megawatt up to the level that the commission gives certification for, which is 45 MW. Surely the duty and need is on...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Plant Certification: Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (2 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Mayo Renewable Limited is going to contract with somebody to use this heat and will make wood chip out of this, etc. The issue is that it is going to feed back, not into the drier but-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Plant Certification: Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (2 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: My next question follows on from what Ms MacEvilly has said, if Deputy Bríd Smith would allow me to continue.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Plant Certification: Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (2 Apr 2019)

Michelle Mulherin: Before I left the room, somebody made the point that in recent years since the original decision, the CRU has learned lessons. What exactly has been learned, and what comparable projects are there? Are there other large-scale combustion operations? It is my understanding that there are a number of countries where there are similar types of system but they are certified at 100%. I refer to...

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