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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (29 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I thank both witnesses for attending. Most of my questions or comments are for Professor Buckley. Much of my motivation in trying to get on this committee arose from my interest in biodiversity and how climate change is having an effect on biodiversity and wildlife and threatening species. Nature can be part of the solution so having the witnesses before us is very important for the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (29 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I thank the witnesses for their statements and contributions. It is safe to say that on the back of their contributions, we will have much stronger legislation, particularly around the issues of biodiversity and nature-based solutions. That is my hope anyway. I will touch on the points made by Deputy Bruton on what is included in the items and issues to which we must have regard. If we...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (29 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I know; I gave a vague example. As Professor Buckley said, it depends on what the land use in and around the turbine is.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (29 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: An example would be if one covered the place with a wildflower meadow underneath the turbines. It depends on the land management.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (28 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I wish to cover three areas and get some feedback from Professor FitzGerald. If he does not have the details with him now, a written response will be fine. I read the Bill again last night and focused on the section on the role of local authorities. It reminded me of how Cork County Council published a climate action plan in 2019 when I was a member of it. That focused on adaptation...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (27 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I missed the start of the presentations but I will certainly look back on the footage to hear the full opening statements. Dr. Muinzer said that what was impressive about the UK Committee on Climate Change was the cohesiveness of the membership and the non-politicisation of the approach and chairperson. I genuinely feel that this is something we can mirror here. We have a great Chairman...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (21 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I thank the Taoiseach for what he has done on this. I mentioned the issue of the Bantry flooding to him yesterday and highlighted the urgency of extending the humanitarian aid support scheme to those businesses. I understand that will happen in Bantry and also in Cork city.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (21 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: Aside from that, I underline the importance of the flood relief scheme for Bantry. Every time there is a southerly wind and the tide is high, the square in Bantry floods and it is not good enough. This is the second time in two months that the town has flooded and businesses are again mopping up their premises

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (21 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I am not finished yet.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (21 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I urge the Taoiseach to make contact with the Office of Public Works and remind it of the importance of a flood relief scheme for Bantry. The humanitarian aid support scheme should also be rolled out for businesses in Bantry.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (21 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: Many businesses successfully availed of the scheme.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (21 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: It is always sensationalism with Deputy Collins.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: To underline and stress what we are seeking to do here, I advise that I come from west Cork where the most beautiful beach we have is Inchydoney beach. It has a wonderful dune system, one of best on the south coast. In the past two to three years we have seen it almost completely disappear. It has eroded more in that short period than it has over the course of my lifetime. Any time there...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: City and County Child Care Committees (20 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: 55. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if there is a timeline in place for the implementation of the Workplace Relation Commission agreement of August 2019 between SIPTU and city and county childcare committees; if funding will be provided in Budget 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31097/20]

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Refugee Resettlement Programme (20 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: 58. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the plans in place to assist refugees and in particular children affected by the fire in the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31098/20]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Accommodation (20 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: 105. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress of refunds by universities to students who paid for student accommodation in full and up front before the pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31336/20]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (20 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: 146. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeline and key benchmarks for rolling out the national broadband scheme in view of the requirement that more persons work from home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31466/20]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (20 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: 172. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the expiry date on all driving licences for a period of six months will be extended in view of the long waiting times for appointments for renewals; and if the online facility to truck licence holders will be extended (details supplied). [31275/20]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Radio Broadcasting (20 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: 258. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide additional sound and vision funding to the radio sector covering the period September 2020 to February 2021 similar to the scheme rolled out in April 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31457/20]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Staff (20 Oct 2020)

Christopher O'Sullivan: 307. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to regularise employment, terms, conditions and pension rights for school secretaries; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31489/20]

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