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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Wind Energy Guidelines (25 Nov 2021) See 3 other results from this debate

Malcolm Noonan: ...or locations in the local development plan where wind farm development may be considered, as well as in subsequently determining applications for planning permissions. It is acknowledged that peatlands, in particular, can be damaged by the inappropriate siting of wind energy developments on associated infrastructure, including the construction of new or improved access roads....

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (24 Nov 2021) See 2 other results from this debate

Pauline O'Reilly: I want to clarify the Green Party's position on a Bill dealing with peat extraction that was tabled on the Order Paper yesterday. Let us be clear about it. That Bill is not consistent with European law. It will face the exact same challenges that were faced by legislation in 2019. It is giving false hope to growers throughout the country that it will resolve issues; it will not. Ten...

Seanad: Companies (Emission Reporting) Bill 2021: Second Stage (24 Nov 2021)

Alice-Mary Higgins: ...saying they cannot comply because what is required is too hard for them, and that they cannot make the changes. It results in the kind of crisis-framing that is being introduced inappropriately on peat and haulage. It is crisis-framing rather than opportunity-framing. I appreciate that the Minister of State has engaged constructively but I urge him to look to how we can move forward on...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Agriculture Industry (24 Nov 2021)

Michael Healy-Rae: ...insane situation. How can two member countries of the EU have totally different rules for this agricultural sector? The Minister of State is well aware of the current scenario concerning peat. I am sure she is ashamed that this Government has shut down Bord na Móna and our own peat processing, meaning that we are now importing peat from Latvia and briquettes from Germany....

Climate Action Plan 2021: Statements (23 Nov 2021) See 3 other results from this debate

Richard O'Donoghue: .... Governments in other countries have capped the massive increases in the price of fuel due to inflation. Depriving people of their livelihoods is not the answer. The Government's answer was to close the peat factories and now we are importing peat. There are other cases of the Government closing down different situations and importing stuff into the country. The Green Party is a...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (23 Nov 2021) See 5 other results from this debate

Victor Boyhan: ...power back to councillors, in this case Dublin city councillors. I commend them and acknowledge them.I note from an email that the Leader and Senator Gallagher are bringing in a Bill in regard to peat and doing a briefing tomorrow. I look forward to attending that briefing. I welcome the recent comments by the Tánaiste, Deputy Varadkar, on the availability of peat in the...

Horticultural Peat (Temporary Measures) Bill 2021: First Stage (23 Nov 2021)

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Change Policy (23 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: ..., experts and industry to share their data-based, technical proposals to support the development of the plan. Over 200 responses were received in relation to this strand, including from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council. The Climate Action Plan recognises the importance of our peatlands to deliver a range of climate benefits. Actions to deliver this potential include:- Restoring and...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Departmental Bodies (23 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Carol Nolan: 271. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will expedite the publication of the report by the working group on horticultural peat; the measures being adopted by his Department to save the horticulture sector from collapse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57004/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Departmental Expenditure (23 Nov 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: ...’s forested area helps to tackle climate change, increases biodiversity and provides sustainable jobs in the rural economy. B.13 Carbon Tax €23m (€20m for REAP and €3m for capital measures focusing on Peat soils) Results Based Environment Agri Pilot Programme (REAP). REAP is an agri-environment pilot project that pays farmers to...

Select Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Supplementary)
(23 Nov 2021) See 2 other results from this debate

Matt Carthy: ...scheme or is he confident that there are measures in place to contain the flu's spread? What precise actions does he believe can be taken? My second question is on the use of horticultural peat, particularly in the mushroom sector. We understand that a report has been with the Minister of State, Deputy Noonan, for more than a month now. We have seen some leaks of what might be...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (18 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Michael Healy-Rae: ...who want to plant or thin trees or for people who want to build access roads to forestries to take out timber. He has ensured people in the horticultural sector now have to import 4,000 tonnes of peat from Latvia. Some 200 lorries bring it to and from the port every time. The Minister should think of the carbon footprint, because he thought it was a good idea to run out of here one day...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Horticulture Sector (18 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Martin Browne: 190. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when the final report of the working group on the use of peat moss in the horticultural industry will be published; the reason for its delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56820/21]

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (17 Nov 2021) See 3 other results from this debate

Jackie Cahill: Media reports at the weekend indicated that the Minister of State, Deputy Noonan, has received an independent report that addresses the importation of peat into this country. The media reports indicate what we all know, that it is environmental, economic and ethical madness to be importing peat into this country. Has the Minister of State received this independent report and if he has when...

National Standards Authority of Ireland (Carbon Footprint Labelling) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (17 Nov 2021) See 4 other results from this debate

Danny Healy-Rae: ...we need a carbon footprint label for the products on the shelves, including information on how they got there. It is totally and absolutely unfair. At the same time, the Government is importing peat from Latvia and briquettes from Germany. What is their carbon footprint? The Government put a working group in charge of the provision of peat for horticulture, which has recommended the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Commercial Rates (17 Nov 2021)

Micheál Carrigy: My Commencement matter relates to the loss of commercial rates as a result of the closure of Lough Ree power station. On 8 November 2019, the ESB announced the closure of two peat-powered generating plants at Lanesborough and Shannonbridge, near the Minister of State's area. These plants stopped generating electricity in December 2020. This was a major blow to employment and local economic...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Horticulture Sector (17 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Bernard Durkan: ...and Environment the way in which he proposes to address the issues raised in the horticultural sector with particular reference to the need to ensure the industry can be supplied with adequate moss peat to meet the full requirements of the industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56211/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (17 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Bernard Durkan: ...and the Marine the way in which he proposes to address the issues raised in the horticultural sector with particular reference to the need to ensure the industry can be supplied with adequate moss peat to meet the full requirements of the industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56212/21]

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Inflation: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Nov 2021)

Michael Healy-Rae: ...who smokes for different reasons such as psychiatric problems. I do not agree with the idea of taxing and taxing certain items. The Government has got it so wrong on certain issues. We are bringing in 4,000 tonnes of peat at the time - it is a well-known fact - but the carbon footprint of that is coming in from Latvia because we shut Bord na Móna. Our peat is staying in the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Carbon Budgets and Climate Action Plan: Engagement with Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications (16 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: ...through multi-species swards. It will seek a reduction of emissions from land use, and a move to being an overall store of carbon, which will involve further bog rehabilitation, increased afforestation, and the rewetting of peat organic soils. A new forestry programme will be prepared for launch in 2023. This plan places a just transition at its core. It sets out four principles that...

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