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Seanad: Companies (Rescue Process for Small and Micro Companies) Bill 2021: Second Stage (12 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: Is that agreed? Agreed.

Seanad: Workplace Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions Bill) 2021: Second Stage (12 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I welcome the Minister of State to the House. I thank him for setting out the rationale behind the Workplace Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021 and the provisions of same. The Minister of State has clearly communicated these. The provisions are set out in the explanatory memorandum and, in general, I am supportive of it.

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] Report and Final Stages (12 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I welcome the Minister to the House. I thank him for his explanation and rationale. I will not delay because we have a lot of work ahead of us. I wish the Minister well and thank him for his work. In particular, I thank his staff, who have supported him in this long, drawn-out process. We have had a lot of engagement so it is now time to roll out the show. The Minister has a lot of work...

Seanad: Land Development Agency Bill 2021: Committee Stage (12 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I welcome the Minister to the House. I am speaking to amendment No. 19. All 14 of the amendments I will be dealing with, which I will not go into now, are not mine but are the work of the Association of Irish Local Government. They are the result of engagement with the joint Oireachtas committee by members of the association, which represents all parties in this House. It is the work of...

Seanad: Land Development Agency Bill 2021: Committee Stage (12 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I move amendment No. 19 In page 9, to delete line 18 and substitute the following: “so far as is necessary for the provision of social, affordable and cost rental housing and to achieve the purposes specified in this section, and”.

Seanad: Land Development Agency Bill 2021: Committee Stage (12 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I will speak to amendment No. 79, which concerns section 75. It states: "In page 49, line 8, to delete 'Minister' and substitute 'relevant local authority'." It is a clerical amendment to change the reference to section 77, which will be amended by our next amendment, No. 84, which we will come to later. As the Bill stands, the Minister may set any percentage he or she wants for the number...

Seanad: Land Development Agency Bill 2021: Committee Stage (12 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I do not want to be too provocative but I want to say that I know where Senator Moynihan is coming from. I will use this opportunity to talk about the Phoenix Park. There is vast real estate in the Phoenix Park which I have had the privilege of visiting recently. Many Senators will know that the HSE has St. Mary's Hospital in the Phoenix Park, which has significant issues with dereliction....

Seanad: Land Development Agency Bill 2021: Committee Stage (12 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: Amendment No. 23 is another of the amendments the AILG brought to the joint Oireachtas committee and subsequently wrote to the members asking for their support. It states: In page 12, between lines 15 and 16, to insert the following: “(5) The Minister, in giving a direction under subsection (1), shall publish the contents of such a direction in, Iris Oifigiúil, being the...

Seanad: Land Development Agency Bill 2021: Committee Stage (12 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I move amendment No. 23: In page 12, between lines 15 and 16, to insert the following: "(5) The Minister, in giving a direction under subsection (1), shall publish the contents of such a direction in, Iris Oifigiúil, being the official Irish State gazette, at least one national newspaper and the Agency shall publish on its website the same contents, where a copy of the direction may...

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (9 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I second the amendment.

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (9 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I will be brief. I support the amendments on the prohibition of the importation of fracked gas. It is a major issue. The Minister will be aware that many members of his party were very much to the fore in this issue. There is an expectation that he will deliver for them in terms of the political side of this argument. I do not want to go into great detail because I am conscious we have a...

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (9 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I agree with Senators Lombard and Murphy on agriculture and I thank the Minister. I support the amendment. I acknowledge the work of Senator Paul Daly, in particular. He is a member of the agriculture committee, as is Senator Lombard. Senator Murphy is on the panel. The amendment goes some way towards addressing the issues but we have a hell of a lot of work to do. To endorse what other...

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (9 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I second the amendment.

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (9 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I would like to reiterate what Senator Gavan said. The Opposition has come together. There was no difficulty coming together to seek to have greater clarity and a definition of "just transition". I referred at the very outset to the importance of fairness, climate justice, just transition and bringing everyone with us, particularly those in the agriculture, horticulture and forestry...

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (9 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I second the amendment.

Seanad: Land Development Agency Bill 2021: Second Stage (9 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I welcome the Minister of State to the House. For those outside of the House, it is worth saying that the Land Development Agency is a commercial, State-sponsored body and has been created to co-ordinate land within the State's control for more optimal uses with an appropriate focus on the provision of housing. I am particularly delighted that again, even today, I read in the national press...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Impact of Peat Shortages on the Horticulture Industry: Discussion (Resumed) (6 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: First, I welcome the witnesses. I do not intend to take up too much time because I spent a lot of yesterday being mushroomed out with talking about it. The national newspapers today have covered this issue quite extensively. I am very supportive of the horticulture sector and particularly the witnesses' sector. It is grossly unfair and hypocrisy at its best to talk about bringing in peat...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Planning Issues (5 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I thank the Cathaoirleach for selecting this really important Commencement matter related to planning. I welcome my colleague and friend the Minister of State. It is good to see him in particular, as he has a strong record on planning and environmental considerations and is a major champion of the Aarhus Convention. It is important this Commencement matter is dealt with in this way. It is...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Planning Issues (5 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I thank the Minister of State for that response. I am happy with it. It was a coincidence that today's The Irish Timescarried the story. However, on 15 June 2021, the Minister of State, Deputy Peter Burke, wrote to the committee, of which I am a member, and referred to Programme for Government: Our Shared Vision and his requirement to examine again the general scheme of the Housing and...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Jul 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I sound something like a broken record but I want to talk again about mushrooms and the mushroom sector, this unique product which is neither a vegetable or fruit but is a fungus. This product is branded at great cost and expense by Bord Bia on behalf of the State and is exported all over the world. Up until recently, it was being flown out of the country and three days later it was sitting...

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