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Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Ukraine War (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 46. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his attention has been drawn to refugees being accommodated in hotels (details supplied) in Dublin that have not been provided with beds and have been sleeping on floors and on chairs, in unsafe situations for families; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28427/22]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Direct Provision System (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 74. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of direct provision centres that have been closed since the publication of the White Paper For Ending Direct Provision. [28428/22]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Ukraine War (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 76. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will report on the recent case of 60 Ukrainian refugees, including children attending school that were given less than 24 hours' notice of being transferred from their accommodation in Dublin to Youghal, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28426/22]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Child and Family Agency (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 84. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the reason that Tusla is not paying the pandemic bonus payment to its staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28430/22]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 101. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on a recent report (details supplied) which suggests that fossil fuel industrial lobbyists in the United States have used the war in Ukraine to push for new oil and gas infrastructure and expansion given that such expansion is incompatible with Paris treaty targets similar pressure is being applied to build...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Energy Generation (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 117. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason that the bid price for renewable electricity support scheme 2 projects has been significantly higher than renewable electricity support scheme 1 projects; the reason that the price varied between community-led projects and others; if he will consider State or semi-State bodies delivering renewable projects...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 145. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the sanctions that were applied to the provider of the National Broadband Plan for failure to reach targets; the future benchmarks expected that is, the targets to be reached in terms of roll-out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28376/22]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Passport Services (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 252. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position in relation to the validity of a current passport, specifically if a passport is due to expire in the next month, if a trip within a European Union country takes place if a return ticket is produced for inspection; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28702/22]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Engagement with the EU Commissioner for Energy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I thank the Commissioner for attending and for her presentation. Has she seen a study produced by InfluenceMap in the past few weeks that shows the ramping up of the production of shale gas and fracked gas in the US to replace Russian gas? It is said its extent is like peace-washing in that it is like using the war to ramp up the extraction to a very extreme degree. Huge profits are being...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Engagement with the EU Commissioner for Energy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I really only had two questions for Ms Simson to comment on: the peace-washing, and the massive increase in shaled gas from the US and if this is sustainable with our Paris targets. Given that the International Energy Agency has explicitly told us there would be no new fossil fuel infrastructure, how can we ever hope to meet the Paris targets?

Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (1 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: Can we have a quick discussion in the few minutes that are left on the last section of the Bill?

Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (1 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I move amendment No. 20: In page 21, between lines 26 and 27, to insert the following: “(2) Within the first national food waste prevention strategy, the Minister shall set annual food waste reduction targets, sector by sector, to reach the 50 per cent food waste reduction target by 2030, based on 2020 food waste figures.”.

Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (1 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I move amendment No. 22: In page 22, between lines 1 and 2, to insert the following: “(4) The Minister shall prepare a review on an annual basis, to evaluate outcomes against stated deliverables of the national food waste prevention strategy, based on data collected from all food sectors and waste industry, and provide recommendations on the adjustment of the national food...

Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (1 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I ask the Ceann Comhairle to list the amendments he is calling out there.

Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (1 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: Is it possible to comment on that whole section? We have a bit of time now.

Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (1 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: As it happens, I was very ill the day the committee discussed it but it is extraordinary that such a large portion of a Bill on the circular economy is given over to CCTV, drone footage and the issue of illegal dumping. I am aware it is a huge problem but it is also one that needs to be targeted at businesses and corporate transgressions. The nuts and bolts of setting up surveillance itself...

Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (1 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I tabled amendment No. 16. Again, in general terms, I welcome the Government's amendment and will withdraw my amendment. We sought an annual review as a way of evaluating the outcomes and progress and we hope the Minister's wording will achieve this.

Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (1 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I move amendment No. 16: In page 11, to delete lines 3 to 5 and substitute the following: “(8) The Minister shall prepare a review on an annual basis, to evaluate outcomes against stated deliverables of the circular economy strategy, including any relevant data on progress, barriers to progress and recommendations on adjustment of the circular economy strategy or other measures,...

Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (1 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I move amendment No. 18: In page 20, after line 41, to insert the following: “(e) food contact materials in which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been used;”. We wanted there to be included in this section a specific ban on a range of products such as single-use cups, plastic bags and so on because recent research, particularly from the US, has...

Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (1 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I support Deputy Sherlock's attempt to get a waiver for vulnerable people. Once upon a time, there was a waiver for vulnerable and elderly people and people who lived on the poverty incomes of social protection. Those who remember the days of opposition to bin charges will recall that they were opposed precisely on this basis. If charges were brought in and the private sector was competing...

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