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Taoiseach a Ainmniú - Nomination of Taoiseach (20 Feb 2020)

Michael Fitzmaurice: First of all, well done, a Cheann Comhairle, on being re-elected. In the last Dáil you were fair, especially to the smaller groupings. I smiled today when I came to the Chamber. Over recent weeks we have heard that such a one would not talk to such a one. Yet, when I looked around today in different parts of the Dáil I saw people from all political divides shaking hands,...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: Who does the agriculture side of things?

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I thank the Minister.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: Yes.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I too wish all the Oireachtas staff and our colleagues in the House a happy Christmas. Everyone speaks about tonnages, figures and percentages that we have to aim for, and about the degree to which we exceed our emissions targets. Will the Minister provide a facility for Deputies to talk to the people who do the number-crunching? Everybody in Ireland talks about carbon and figures but...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I have a couple of questions for the Minister. On the 6% of the hedgerows and trees around the country that have not been accounted for in the emissions, will the Minister ensure it is included as it could bring emissions for agriculture down 8% to 10%? Is the Minister willing to heed my proposal that in respect of holdings of 50 acres we would put in a shelter belt and the Government would...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I thank Deputy Sherlock for sharing time. Many of us were in attendance to hear Kieran Mulvey address the committee earlier. He is a straight talker and I have great respect for him. He said today that he got a phone call the day before the announcement was made. While there is an office in Offaly, it is like the captain of a team going out onto the pitch on his own; the rest of the...

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on this Labour Party motion. There is a problem with quarries. West of Galway city and right through Connemara, we will soon be facing a situation where 80% of the land will be designated as not being allowed for quarrying. In 2007, quarry owners were asked to sign a compliance form. In 2012, there was a substitute consent. The minute they got...

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: That is rubbish.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Supporting a Just Transition: Discussion (Resumed) (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I wish Kieran the best of luck in his new job. I have been listening to him for a while and I appreciate someone who talks straight and calls it like it is. I will give it to him straight. In my opinion this has come out of the blue for Deputies and the workers. I shall give Mr. Mulvey the background. We were brought in one year ago and told of this just transition over seven or eight...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Supporting a Just Transition: Discussion (Resumed) (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: There are many figures being thrown out to keep people quite at the moment. This funding needs to be nailed down. Will Mr. Mulvey indicate if there will be a representative from every one of the affected counties? Will the team be comprised of people we know? Will Mr. Mulvey also address the aspects I have asked about?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I thank the witnesses for their presentation. The first issue I will address is hedgerows. Professor Boyle and others met me on this issue a while ago. The information we have at the moment, based on the Department's statements to the Joint Committee on Climate Action, is that there is a possibility that agricultural emissions could be reduced by between 8% and 10% throughout the country....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I have one question. Professor Boyle mentioned clover. He is right that clover is good, but my understanding is that a fair bit of clover on land causes bloat in stock. Is that correct?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion (17 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: In the context of Teagasc's study on labour, as the Chairman stated, a bigger problem is coming down the line. While farmers might be struggling to get help, especially in the labour-intensive sector, contractors do most of the work nowadays because the best advice was that a busy dairy farmer would be better off getting someone in to do the work. They are struggling. There needs to be a...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (12 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: 249. To ask the Minister for Health when resources will be made available for surgery for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52358/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Assisted Decision Making (12 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: 254. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the consultation process on the recommendations of the multidisciplinary working group submitted to the director of the decision support services on 21 December 2018; the timeline for the completion of the consultation process and the publication of the final code of practice as prescribed by Part 8 of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity)...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Community Pharmacy Services (11 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: 218. To ask the Minister for Health if the pharmacy cuts set to be imposed, which will see the service of phased medication for vulnerable persons significantly reduced or wiped out, will be overturned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51967/19]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Brexit Supports (11 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: 253. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if section 9.2 of the terms and conditions of the beef exceptional aid measure can be changed to ensure that the immediate previous owner of an animal presented for slaughter within 30 days of it being purchased will receive the €100 payment regardless of whether the person who purchased the animal was an agent, dealer or...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Forestry and Climate Change: Discussion (11 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I thank the Chair. I must have 15 minutes at this stage.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Forestry and Climate Change: Discussion (11 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I want quick answers.

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