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Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Thomas Pringle: Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day. The first Earth Day took place in 1970. Now, the Earth Day website states that more than 1 billion people have mobilised for “the future of the planet” and that there are more than 75,000 partners working “to drive positive action”. In 1970, 20 million individuals are said to have mobilised on the first Earth Day. That is 51...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Patrick Costello: The urgency of climate change cannot be understated with any seriousness or reasonableness. As such, the importance and urgency of this legislation equally cannot reasonably or seriously be understated. This important legislation provides a starting point for systemic change and is a key step towards setting an agenda for ensuring our planet's future, our children's future and our shared...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Thomas Gould: There continues to be a lack of public transport and cycle lanes in my constituency of Cork North-Central. There is a worryingly unfair distribution of public transport, cycle lanes and greenways between the south side and the north side. We need a commitment from the Minister to support Cork City Council in ensuring fairness and in ensuring that public transport, greenways and cycle lanes...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Joan Collins: I congratulate the Green Party on bringing the Bill to this point. In saying that, the revised Bill is a great disappointment. To assess it, one must ask two core questions. First, if the legislation is implemented in full and all the targets in it are achieved, will Ireland have done all it can to ensure that human activities do not cause global average temperatures to increase by more...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: I am sharing time with Deputy Costello. I am pleased to support this very progressive and important law, which is so badly needed and has for so long been campaigned for by many in this country, particularly young people. I wanted to take this opportunity to speak about the positive elements of the legislation but I need to respond to some of the outlandish actions of Deputies in the...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank Deputy O'Donoghue. I would say Lucy Kennedy would have too much sense to want to live with any of us.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Danny Healy-Rae: This Bill, if it is implemented in its current form, will adversely affect every man, woman and child in rural Ireland. Carbon charge increases will affect people going to work and will cost them more. Farmers' incomes will be reduced as they will have to reduce their herds and pay more carbon tax on diesel. Ordinary, honest people will have to pay more to heat their homes, and they are...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Johnny Guirke: This Bill commits us to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of the decade. In my constituency of Meath West, the one project that would make the most difference to climate action is rebuilding the Navan rail line. Irish Rail could rebuild the railway line from Dublin to Navan in three years if given the green light and funding was approved by the Minister's Department. Currently, a...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: In the Minister's own words, it is time for rural Ireland to have an input into climate action changes. It is time the Government had representatives of rural living, which is 37%, at Cabinet. It is time the people knew the truth about what the Minister wants to achieve, which he said on national television in October 2019, that 30 cars are adequate for 3,000 families who live in towns,...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Matt Shanahan: The Bill proposed by the Government seeks to chart Ireland's transition to climate neutrality by 2050. It will provide for future five-yearly carbon budgets and sectoral emissions ceilings and shape and frame the future economic and social prosperity of our country. Global warming is now an accepted reality. All countries have a part to play in addressing climate change. Some...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate. I would like to address some of the concerns people have with it and the misinformation and false claims that are being put out there in terms of what it is about and what we intend to do. It was claimed that the intention is to reduce the size of the national herd by more than 50%. That is simply not true. It was claimed that the aim...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Seán Canney: I think everyone in this country and in the rest of the world agrees that climate action is a requirement. In Ireland, there is a craving for work to be done and to be the best in class. Where I see it going wrong is that we are tripping over ourselves to bring in a Bill to change the situation and in many cases, as we say down the country, we are putting the cart before the horse....

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Patricia Ryan: In the words of Greta Thunberg, our house is on fire. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we are less than ten years away from not being able to undo our mistakes. The programme for Government commits to ban the registration of new fossil-fuelled cars and light commercial vehicles from 2030 onwards while phasing out diesel and petrol cars from Irish cities in the...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Denis Naughten: This particular Bill, as presently drafted, is anti-climate, anti-democratic, anti-Irish and anti-poor. Do not get me wrong, climate change must be addressed and I believe we need a new climate law to make it happen in urban and rural areas in Ireland. I was Ireland's first Minister with responsibility for the climate and did not have the legal tools available to me to bring about the type...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Malcolm Noonan: Is mór an onóir dom a bheith ag caint anseo inniu ar an Bille um Ghníomhú ar son na hAeráide agus um Fhorbairt Ísealcharbóin (Leasú). I am honoured to speak as the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill is introduced into the Dáil. It represents a pivotal moment for the nation, for us as politicians and for me on a personal...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Paul Murphy: What we had in the Dáil this afternoon was political theatre. This was shown most obviously and blatantly by the climate change denial group which was scaremongering about things that are not in the Bill for some cheap publicity and presumably, hopefully, for some votes down the line. This ignores the fact that it is the small farmers who they claim to stand up for and defend who will...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: I am glad to be able to contribute to the debate. Some positive legislation has come before us, yet there are some concerning areas I wish to speak on as well. This legislation commits to cutting carbon emissions by 51% by the year 2030 and meeting a zero carbon emissions level by 2050. This Bill puts a statutory commitment to both of these and provides for economy-wide five-year carbon...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy Matt Carthy is next. Níl sé anseo. Deputy Bríd Smith is sharing with her colleagues, Deputy Murphy and Deputy Barry.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Bríd Smith: Deputy Barry will not be here but I am sharing with Deputy Murphy. I want to start by saying something the Minister may not believe or his party may not believe. I can honestly say that those of us in People Before Profit had hoped we would welcome the Bill and engage in the debate on the basis of support for the Bill that would begin to tackle the greatest issue of our time and the biggest...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (21 Apr 2021)

Joe Flaherty: I am sharing time with Deputy Cathal Crowe. The best environmentalists are not to be found behind a computer or in a lecture hall. One will find them on the small farms in County Longford and other rural counties. There is probably no body of people better placed to know that we need to transition towards a climate-resilient, biodiversity-rich, environmentally sustainable and...

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