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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Carbon Budgets: Discussion (Resumed) (18 Jan 2022) See 5 other results from this debate

Brian Leddin: ...officer; Dr. Aoife O'Grady, principal officer; and Ms Andrea Lennon, principal officer. From the Local Government Management Agency, LGMA, we are joined by: Mr. Paddy Mahon, chief executive of Longford County Council and chair of the City and County Management Association, CCMA, climate action, transport and networks committee of the LGMA; and Mr. David Mellett, co-ordinator of the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Carbon Budgets: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Jan 2022) See 8 other results from this debate

Brian Leddin: ...to day is scheduled to last for one hour, after which time we will suspend for a couple of minutes to allow the witnesses to withdraw and new witnesses to join us. I remind witnesses of the long-standing parliamentary practice that they should not criticise or make charges against any person or entity by name, or in such a way as to make him, her or it identifiable, or otherwise engage...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Carbon Budgets: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jan 2022) See 7 other results from this debate

Brian Leddin: ...target of being a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. It is one that this committee is taking very seriously. Before we begin, I will read the note on privilege. I remind witnesses of the long-standing parliamentary practice that they should not criticise and make charges against any person or entity by name, or in such a way as to make him, her or it identifiable, or otherwise engage...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Carbon Budgets: Discussion (11 Jan 2022) See 7 other results from this debate

Brian Leddin: ...Ireland meet its ambitious target of being a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. This committee is taking this very seriously. Before we begin, I will read the note on privilege. I would like to remind witnesses of the long-standing parliamentary practice that they should not criticise and make charges against any person or entity by name, or in such a way as to make him, her or it...

Seanad: Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (17 Dec 2021) See 3 other results from this debate

Victor Boyhan: ...means of a National Marine Planning Framework, maritime area consents for the occupation of the maritime area for the purposes of maritime usages that will be undertaken for undefined or relatively long periods of time (including any such usages which also require development permission under the Planning and Development Act 2000) and licences for the occupation of the maritime area for...

Seanad: Social Welfare Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (17 Dec 2021) See 4 other results from this debate

Lynn Boylan: ...from poverty. Despite a growing cost of living, current social welfare rates are far behind where they need to be. Working age payments need to be set to the minimum essential standard of living, based on long-standing work by Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice. Given the Minister's commitment to work with the Vincentian Partnership, we are happy to withdraw the amendment.

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021) See 8 other results from this debate

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: ...in terms of additional needs or socio-economic factors. Damage has been done to the education of our children. Hopefully, as we begin to move beyond this pandemic, we need to look to how we remediate it. In the longer term, we need to trust our teachers. The reason our education system has performed so well, despite chronic underinvestment over a long period, is we still attract...

Covid-19: Statements (16 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: ...by the national immunisation advisory committee, NIAC, are as follows: everyone aged 50 and above, anyone who has an underlying condition, all of our healthcare workers, all of our residents in long-term residential care and pregnant women. The epidemiological situation both here and internationally, as well as the emerging evidence in relation to the Omicron variant, is being kept under...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Leo Varadkar: If this was simply a matter of money, political will or compassion, it would have been solved a long time ago. I know of the major efforts that have been made in recent years to improve the situation, whether it is sending children to Germany and England, or new theatres and additional funding. There are periods during which it has been improved, and waiting lists have been shortened, but...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Mortgage Interest Rates (16 Dec 2021)

Seán Fleming: ...states. We have had a historic higher level of defaulting, we had a higher level of people not paying mortgages and we still have a higher level of arrears, relative to other EU countries. As long as that is the case, it will have a knock-on effect on those people who are paying the interest rates. It is a little bit like insurance - if the costs are higher, it will be reflected in the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Prices (16 Dec 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Ruairi Ó Murchú: ...is not one of these offers that is made consistently at this time of year that we can meet next week. We are not talking about something that is beyond agreement and getting sorted. We need the type of long-term protections Deputy Bruton spoke about.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Insurance Industry (16 Dec 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: This is obviously a case where a significant amount of work has been done. Some in the industry and some who have been lobbying for a long time would have stated that we should have made some of these moves previously but, as the old saying goes, we are where we are. I would separate out public liability insurance. That is a specific piece of work that needs to be done. It is absolutely...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (16 Dec 2021)

Paschal Donohoe: ..., we have maintained the approach that a business can only enter the scheme if their its turnover decline is 30% or more. I have no plans to change it because of how clear it has been for so long. Any threshold I fix is will face the challenges of business that are slightly outside of it.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Tax Code (16 Dec 2021)

Paschal Donohoe: ...the merits and impact of introducing the design of a vacant property tax. Before introducing the tax, it is important to have a sound understanding of the quantity, locations and characteristics of long-term vacant properties. It is also essential to identify the reasons for vacancy, and whether this is long term or short term in nature. There may be genuine and acceptable reasons...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Agriculture Industry (16 Dec 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Garret Ahearn: ...and I put down this matter for the Commencement to outline Fine Gael's view on the agriculture industry, the agrifood sector and, in particular, young farmers. It has been Fine Gael's policy as long as it has been in government, for as long as I can remember anyway, that we have been very supportive of the farming sector and young farmers especially. I remember the Common Agricultural...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (16 Dec 2021) See 5 other results from this debate

Micheál Carrigy: ...jab to help our healthcare staff in the work they have been doing. I take this opportunity to thank our healthcare staff in all our hospitals, vaccination clinics and testing centres for the long hours and the hard work they have done over the past 12 months. I am looking forward to the setting up of a joint Oireachtas committee on autism. I think it is on the agenda of the Committee on...

Seanad: Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (16 Dec 2021) See 4 other results from this debate

Gerard Craughwell: ...they come in here a voluntary contribution is approximately €500. If people are on a class A when they come in here and wish to keep the class A up and running they pay €5,000. People would be a long time on social welfare before they saw that back. From the perspective of a Member of the House, the class K PRSI is a tax on public service. This is the only way it can be...

Seanad: Appropriation Bill 2021: Second Stage (16 Dec 2021)

Paul Gavan: ...as well. We should revisit this issue as a matter of urgency in the new year because, unfortunately, it looks as if we are going to potentially be in a further phase of Covid-19. Who knows for how long that phase will last? Hopefully it will not be too long, but the first few months of next year look like they will certainly be dominated by it. In light of the latter, I support Senator...

Seanad: Appropriation Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Dec 2021)

Michael McDowell: ...Large sums of money needed to be invested by way of capital regeneration. This included roadways through Moyross. These things had to happen. Even now they are just about to happen, which is a long wait. It is a long time since I was the Minister with responsibility for justice. We should be careful in future and learn the lessons of Limerick that if we build segregated housing in a...

Seanad: Live Industry Supports: Statements (16 Dec 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Catherine Martin: ...the local live performance support scheme. This will include funding for community and local pantomimes. A total of €5 million is being provided to continue the capital supports scheme, the commercial entertainment capital grant scheme, CECGS, to venues, including for ventilation upgrades and other Covid adaptations. Stream D of the cultural capital scheme for not-for-profits...

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