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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]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Teaching Qualifications (15 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 742. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the changes planned in terms of the new recognition of overseas teaching qualifications. [31126/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of the Companies (Small Company Administrative Rescue Process) Bill 2021: Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (15 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I welcome the Minister of State and his team. I warmly welcome this and believe it is timely and much-needed. I have no doubt there are many companies which are carrying burdens and that need restructuring but, underlying that, they are viable companies. It goes back to the cost of access. The reason we have only about one fifth of the access to examinership that there is in the UK is...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of the Companies (Small Company Administrative Rescue Process) Bill 2021: Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (15 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: Would it be good for the Department to work with groups like chambers of commerce? People intimidated by the cost of engaging one of these process advisers could then have access to a pre-entry clinic, to use the political word, where there would be people available to give them a pro bonosteer.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed) (15 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank both of guests for their presentations. I wish to ask about the progress that has been made by other EU member states. I see that overall agricultural emissions among the EU 28 were static over the period from 2005 to 2016. That suggests there is not much innovation going on in the rest of Europe. What does that mean for us? We know Europe is making progress, but not in...

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee Stage (Resumed) (9 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: On the section, I wish to raise a topic that has come up on a number of occasions in our discussions. The national climate objective talks of "a climate resilient, biodiversity-rich, environmentally-sustainable and climate-neutral economy". When it comes to developing the roadmap of action the roadmap is pretty much confined to the climate dimension of this. There has been some concern in...

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee Stage (Resumed) (9 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank the Minister of State for agreeing to consider the matter. There might have been a slight presumption of it being unnecessary. First, I do not think that climate proofing is quite the same. We have defined the climate objective as "a climate resilient, biodiversity-rich, environmentally-sustainable and climate-neutral economy". To shrink that to emissions only would seem not to be...

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee Stage (Resumed) (9 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I am sorry to hold this up but can the Minister of State give us his note? I do not have the explanatory memorandum and I want to know what is the purpose of section 7. It is an amendment of the principal Act and it is hard to read the intent.

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee Stage (Resumed) (9 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: That is fine. I thank the Minister of State.

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