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Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: That is the reality. When we could have gone through the amendments line by line and discussed them in a calm environment, which the committee provided for, the Deputies were not moved to discuss them in that way and so we were not able to tease out the arguments that lay behind them.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: That is the problem we have had. We did not have that during pre-legislative scrutiny or in the committee rooms and it is extremely difficult to hear all the concerns in that environment.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: It is very important to state what this Bill is about. It is about creating a framework through which this country can confront a climate crisis that is threatening livelihoods not only in Ireland but right across the globe. This legislation is, for the first time, providing for a clear, transparent, accountable method through which we can identify what needs to be done and make Ministers...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: This is not an attack on rural Ireland.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: The only way rural Ireland will have a prosperous future is by adapting to these changes-----

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I remember when we were dealing with-----

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: People talk about this Bill being rushed but this legislation was produced in its original form in 2019. We had 50 hours in pre-legislative scrutiny when any Deputy could have come in and contributed. We had 14 hours of Committee Stage debate and none of the issues that are now on the agenda were raised and none of the Deputies who are protesting now contributed to that debate.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: This is a challenge that we need to start addressing----

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I am quite happy to acknowledge that Deputy Naughten stayed throughout the debate. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae was also there throughout the debate but none of the other Deputies who are here now, protesting loudly, turned up-----

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Climate Change Policy (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I do not doubt the Minister of State's commitment in this area. However, I am not convinced by his statement that this will be an overall approach and principled document. We need to make this a central spine of the climate action plan. We need to have very clear targets, some of which need to be new. The Minister of State has certainly adopted halving of food waste, but what about...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Climate Change Policy (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for the permission to raise this important issue. If present trends continue, by 2050 it will take three planets for nature to replenish the materials we use each year. The take, make, use and dispose model has got an iron grip on the way we live our lives. That has to change. The care of our planet must be at the heart of Ireland 2040. The food we waste...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Schemes (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 158. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons with disabilities that are currently availing of the training support grants. [32505/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Schemes (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 159. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the breakdown of the groups of disabled persons that are applying for the training support grants. [32506/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Schemes (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 160. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount of funds within her Department allocated for the training support grant. [32507/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Departmental Schemes (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 161. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the courses or training opportunities for which the training support grant has been used. [32512/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Reactivation of Economy Following Pandemic Restrictions: Discussion (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: How would a short-term working scheme work? Would the employer continue to employ people for part-time hours? Would training schemes make up the balance? Will the witnesses talk through how a scheme like that might work in the airline sector? If the rebate for employers on redundancy were to be a temporary scheme for a short period, how would it work? I assume it would be substantially...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Reactivation of Economy Following Pandemic Restrictions: Discussion (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: No.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Reactivation of Economy Following Pandemic Restrictions: Discussion (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank our guests for their presentations. I will focus on solutions and issues we need to consider now, following the Government set of decisions that have been published. Many people would like to see big changes, but the Government has been supporting the economy at a cost of €2 billion per month and there is a need to draw back from that. Very large suggestions, of either new...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Housing Policy (15 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 76. To ask the Minister for Finance his assessment of access to capital in the site acquisition and housing construction market; the places in which bottlenecks exist; if he is satisfied with the financial instruments now in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31585/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Schemes (15 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 552. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if there is easy access to persons to discuss the Rebuilding Ireland loan scheme given concerns that the phone numbers sometimes only refers clients to a chat function and the online calculator does not always work. [30500/21]

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