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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Agriculture Industry (15 Oct 2020)

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Senator Pippa Hackett): I thank the Ceann Comhairle and the Deputy for their nice welcome. Peat is traditionally a very important component of the national horticultural and amenity plant sector. Approximately 60% of the value of Irish horticulture is dependent on peat as a growth medium, with the mushroom amenity...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Agriculture Industry (15 Oct 2020)

Matt Carthy: I commend Deputy Cahill on raising this matter and allowing me an opportunity to contribute. I thank the Ceann Comhairle for his latitude in this matter. I raised this matter previously with the Minister of State's party leader, the Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications, Deputy Eamon Ryan, and his answer in respect of the job losses that would be caused to the Monaghan...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Agriculture Industry (15 Oct 2020)

Jackie Cahill: I welcome the Minister of State's reply in which there was recognition of the significant importance of the horticulture industry and the need for peat as a source of raw material. I welcome the formation of the working group and I hope a common sense solution can be found. It would not make sense from either an economic or environmental perspective to import peat into this country.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Agriculture Industry (15 Oct 2020)

Pippa Hackett: I agree with Deputy Cahill's final comment that it does not make sense to import peat here. The bottom line, however, is that the sector will have to transition away from peat. We will not have an endless supply of peat even if we wanted to continue with extraction. In the interim, as part of that, there may well be scope to facilitate that by focusing on the domestic demand for...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Agriculture Industry (15 Oct 2020)

The Dáil adjourned at at 5.10 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 October 2020.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Eamon Ryan: I thank the Deputy for this Topical Issue matter. The national broadband plan, NBP, contract was signed with National Broadband Ireland, NBI, in November last to roll out a high speed and future-proofed broadband network within the intervention area which covers 1.1 million people living and working in over 540,000 premises, including almost 100,000 businesses and farms, along with 695...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Minister has outperformed the inimitable Deputies Healy-Rae in the number of townlands and villages he has mentioned-----

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Eamon Ryan: I am only warming up.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: -----but he did not mention Kiskeam. I am sure that Deputy Moynihan will be concerned about that.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Michael Moynihan: He did mention Glash which is about 1 mile from me and about 2 miles west of Newmarket, which the Minister would know well, and about 9 miles north of Knocknagree, with both of which the Minister has ancestral links.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Eamon Ryan: If I may explain please, a Cheann Comhairle, my great grandfather walked-----

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I know the area.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Eamon Ryan: -----down from Knocknagree to meet my great grandmother in Newmarket and would have known Kiskeam well as he would have passed through it.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Jackie Cahill: It is hard to outdo the Deputies Healy-Rae.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Michael Moynihan: Speaking of Kiskeam, some of the areas that were on the area national broadband plan and have been dropped off it are the areas I want to zone in on. The private operators, wireless etc. have moved in to fill a vacuum that is there because people want to get connectivity immediately. They are talking to their bosses and to their schools during this pandemic and asking how they are going to...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Broadband Infrastructure (15 Oct 2020)

Eamon Ryan: I am absolutely committed, as is the Government, to try to accelerate this programme to ensure it does deliver right across the country. If I can take Kiskeam as an example, my understanding is that one of the proposals there is that the post office may become the local connection point, where one could have a working hub for remote working in a social community-centred sort of way. As it...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Agriculture Industry (15 Oct 2020)

Agriculture Industry

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Agriculture Industry (15 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We welcome the Minister of State, Senator Pippa Hackett, to the House. It is my first time to meet her in this capacity and I want to avail of the opportunity to congratulate her on her appointment and to join with all the other Members of the House to wish her nothing but success in her role.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Agriculture Industry (15 Oct 2020)

Jackie Cahill: I welcome the Minister of State. I wish to speak today on horticultural peat harvesting. This sector makes a major contribution to the Irish economy. 5 o’clock There are 6,600 people directly employed in this industry and a further 11,000 in indirect employment. Many of those jobs are in the midlands, which have been particularly hard hit by industry closures and growing...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Aviation Industry (15 Oct 2020)

Michael McNamara: Will the Minister give a concrete reply on testing and the development of a protocol that is respected across Europe so that passengers can travel? If antigen testing is not used, what type of testing will be used?

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