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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: 149. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on substantial reform of the United Nations Security Council and Ireland's position on the reform process beyond the procedural reforms regarding the veto which took place in April 2022; if Ireland is part of United Nations Assembly and other calls for United Nations Security Council reform; and if he will make a statement on...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Greyhound Industry (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: 849. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of individual greyhound pups born in Ireland during the period 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 and during the period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, in tabular form; the breakdown of racing and coursing pups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22746/22]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: I have received apologies from Deputy Whitmore. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the implementation of the new retrofitting plan, the built environment generally and embodied emissions and emissions generally from the built environment, including construction and demolition, and everything relating to the built environment with respect to climate, including recycling and reuse of...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank Dr. Daly for her opening statement. I welcome to the meeting students from St. Mary's school in Baldoyle. I understand you are guests of Deputy Bruton. I hope the session will be as educational for you as I believe it will be for us. You are all very welcome. This meeting is confined to three hours and, as usual, I propose that members take two minutes to put their questions...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank Deputy O'Rourke for those questions and call Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: The first question was for Mr. Hoyne.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: Can I come in on this one?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: It is a very interesting question. It is very appealing to us to try to reactivate so much of this stock that is in our towns, villages and cities throughout the country. There is a help-to-buy scheme which is geared towards new buildings for first-time buyers. It has been mooted by members of this committee and others that a help-to-renovate scheme, targeted at first-time buyers, might...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: We might come back to this later in the session.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: Is the guidance document coming from the Department?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: As a committee, we would probably be very interested in examining that.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: We might even ask the Department if we could have a sneak preview, but the clerk does not believe we might get that.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: That is very interesting. With respect to windows, in Part L for nearly zero energy building, NZEB, is 2.0 the requirement? I might have that wrong; I used to know more about this. We believe that single-glazed windows in heritage buildings conduct heat straight through them. Is it the case that our information on windows, as well as walls, and the starting point, is just not good...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: I am sorry, but I must stop Senator Higgins there because I want to fair to other members. We will take those questions.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank Senator Higgins. I will bring her back in. We should have time for a second round.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: I will bring the Senator back in later because I know that Deputy Farrell is in a hurry.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: Does Dr. Engel Purcell wish to come in?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank Mr. Hoyne.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: I believe the first question was for Dr. Hoyne.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (Resumed) (10 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: Does the Senator wish to contribute again?

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