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Carbon Budget: Motion (6 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: That is not true.

Carbon Budget: Motion (6 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: Will I be given an opportunity to respond?

Carbon Budget: Motion (6 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: That is an interpretation that we do not agree with. We wrote the programme for Government.

Carbon Budget: Motion (6 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: That is its interpretation.

Carbon Budget: Motion (6 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: As my colleagues have mentioned, the IPCC report published on Monday made for grim reading. It did not tell us anything we do not know already. We are in a really dangerous situation with respect to climate. It was a hard scientific report put together by people who know what they are talking about. They have looked at the numbers. They have been looking at this for 30 years. The...

Carbon Budget: Motion (6 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: We did try to make amends and I hope that we will continue to see Labour engage very positively on the climate debate. Deputy Whitmore is in the House. I do not want to pre-empt her contribution, but the Social Democrats are probably inclined to say that the carbon budget is not good enough and should go further. I hope I am not misrepresenting her position. From People Before...

Post-European Council Meeting: Statements (6 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I welcome the opportunity to speak following the European Council meeting the week before last. On the mind of everybody in this House, as well as across the country and across Europe, is the energy crisis. That crisis is leading to a very severe cost-of-living crisis that is making life difficult for our people. Our short-term challenge is solving the energy crisis. This has already been...

Electoral Reform Bill 2022: Second Stage (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: Last week I went on a walkabout around my home city of Limerick in the South Circular Road area, a beautiful part of Limerick city. I spoke with a diverse group of people, including students, retired people, renters, homeowners, parents, grandparents, toddlers and teenagers. Many of these people can vote in elections and many of them are not able to do so but would like to if they knew how...

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Refugee Resettlement Programme (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: 111. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the steps that have been taken to help support the integration of Ukrainian refugees; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17957/22]

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Refugee Resettlement Programme (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: 119. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development her views on the best way that her Department can support Ukrainian refugees, particularly in relation to access to local services and mobility; the measures that have already been taken by her Department in relation to same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17958/22]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Implementation of the New National Retrofit Plan: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: We will begin in public session. Apologies have been received from Deputy BrĂ­d Smith. Deputy Paul Murphy is substituting for her. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the implementation of the new national retrofit plan and the broader issue of emissions from buildings. We are joined by witnesses from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, SEAI, which is responsible for...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Implementation of the New National Retrofit Plan: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: Many thanks to Mr Walsh for his opening statement. There is quite a lot in it. It is interesting. I invite members to indicate if they wish to ask questions. Could I get agreement, as we usually do, that we will have two minutes for questions and we will have second, third and fourth rounds if we have time? Is that okay? Okay. I thank members and invite them to indicate if they wish to...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Implementation of the New National Retrofit Plan: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank Mr Walsh for that, and Dr. Byrne as well. I will move through the list of speakers. The first is Deputy Bruton who is joining us from his office.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Implementation of the New National Retrofit Plan: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: Once those low-interest loans come out in the third or fourth quarter, does Dr. Byrne envisage there will be a very significant uptick in interest and people going down the route of deep retrofit?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Implementation of the New National Retrofit Plan: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: Naturally, even people with money will wait until finance like that is available. I call Senator Higgins.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Implementation of the New National Retrofit Plan: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I am going to stop the Senator there. She has asked quite a few questions. I will bring her in again.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Implementation of the New National Retrofit Plan: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank Mr. O'Mahony and Senator Higgins, who got a lot out of her two minutes. Fair play to her.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Implementation of the New National Retrofit Plan: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: A week does not go by that Cork does not get special mention at this committee. Maybe that will happen some time but it may not be for a while.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Implementation of the New National Retrofit Plan: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I call on Deputy Cronin.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Implementation of the New National Retrofit Plan: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (5 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank Deputy Cronin for those questions and call Senator McGahon.

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