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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: I will let Senator Higgins back in for a second round if we have time for it. There were quite a lot of questions there.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: Senator Higgins mentioned fracked gas. In her opening statement, Ms Connolly was very clear that fracked gas can be just as bad as coal in terms of its climate impact. Does the CRU have a view on this? If it is advocating for LNG, and there is a considerable risk that the source of LNG could be fracked, are we not then putting ourselves in a position where we are actually contributing to...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: Officials appeared before this committee a few months ago and we spoke about how, at European level, efforts are being made to make the distinction between fracked and conventional LNG, which is welcome. Deputy Cronin is joining us from her office.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: The Senator asked quite a few questions.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: Does Ms Connolly wish to respond before Deputy Cronin comes in?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: We all have loads of questions today. I will call Dr. McGowan first.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: I apologise to Ms Connolly. The first question was addressed to her.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: Thank you. I call Ms Connolly.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: Everybody has had the opportunity to ask questions. I know two members are keen to come back in. I will ask them briefly how much time they need because I will take it together if it is short. I will call Senator Boylan first.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: That is all very interesting. Mr. McGowan may want to take the other question.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: Do the opt-in and opt-out arrangements require an amendment to primary legislation? Alternatively, are they addressed by ministerial order?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: It is good to know that.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: If the guests could provide a note, including on an international comparator, the members would find it very interesting.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank Ms Connolly. As it is 2 p.m., I thank the witnesses for appearing before us. It has only been four or five weeks since the regulator last appeared before us, so we appreciate the officials for attending again so soon after that and for answering members' questions, which were thorough and probing. We appreciate the efforts the officials made to answer those questions. I thank...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: We will be putting together a report. If the timeframe requires us to submit interim recommendations before we finish it, we will do so. I thank Mr. McEvilly and Ms Connolly for joining us today. It was an eye-opening discussion. We will seek to capture in our report many of the points that were made by them, members and the regulator. That will not be an easy task by any means because...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: I will call Deputy Whitmore and then we will go back to the regulator.

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: EU Directives (24 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: 20. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth when he expects to fully transpose the Work Life Balance Directive EU 2019/1158; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15359/22]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Proposed Legislation (24 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: 43. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he intends to follow the model utilised in New Zealand to outlaw conversion therapy; when he expects to be in a position to legislate in this State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15358/22]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Joint Meeting with Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action
Exploring Technologies and Opportunities to Reduce Emissions in the Agriculture Sector: Discussion
(24 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: The Chairman of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Cahill, intended to chair the meeting. It is an initiative that has been led by his committee. It is certainly a very welcome initiative for it and the Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action, which I chair, to work together. As I understand it, this is the first time the two committees have had a...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Joint Meeting with Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action
Exploring Technologies and Opportunities to Reduce Emissions in the Agriculture Sector: Discussion
(24 Mar 2022)

Brian Leddin: Mr. Savage, who has just joined us, is very welcome. He is the co-founder and chairman of Moonsyst International. Before we begin, I will read out the note on privilege. We will have other witnesses joining us online at a later stage. Witnesses giving evidence from within the parliamentary precincts are protected by absolute privilege in respect of the evidence they give to the...

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