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Seanad: Carbon Policy: Motion (19 May 2022) See 1 other result from this debate

Timmy Dooley: ...due to the associated short-term and long-term health impacts of this form of pollution; - the Government is preparing regulations on turf harvesting that will ensure that while measures are introduced to enhance air quality, they will not impinge upon traditional local practices associated with sod peat; calls on the Government to: - respond to the current crisis in energy markets as...

Just Transition: Statements (18 May 2022) See 4 other results from this debate

Thomas Pringle: ...from the global south, who have felt the greatest effect. Unfortunately, the transition process in Ireland has been overwhelmingly negative. Extraordinary sacrifices have been made by the likes of peat workers, more than 1,000 of whom lost their jobs and received no support from the Government afterwards. Despite this, the Government wonders why people in rural Ireland are so against...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Change Policy (18 May 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The Government is committed to a just transition in the Midlands region and has dedicated significant funding to supporting workers, companies and communities affected by the closure of the peat-fired power stations and the end of peat harvesting by Bord na Móna.The EU Just Transition Fund is a newly established fund which seeks to address the adverse effects of the climate...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Policy (17 May 2022)

Eamon Ryan: While peatlands in their natural state act as long-term sinks for atmospheric CO2 and are recognised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the most important long-term carbon store in the terrestrial biosphere, the purpose of the draft solid fuel regulations is to protect human health. It is estimated that each year, some 1,300 people die prematurely in Ireland due to...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security: Statements (12 May 2022)

John Paul Phelan: ...Irish scourge of closing down sectors of the economy or systems we already have that work well, before we develop an alternative or we look at adjusting our current practices to make them more sustainable. Peat is a classic example of that. I wish the Minister well in his task. I welcome this debate.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 May 2022)

Pippa Hackett: ...and the habitats of some of Ireland's most important species. These bogs have taken thousands of years to form yet just 1% of Ireland's active raised bogs now remain after years of land reclamation and peat harvesting.It is not true to say that because you love the bog, you are doing no harm. Peat is a fossil fuel and a precious natural resource. Yes, turf burning will continue for many...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Energy Conservation (10 May 2022)

Darragh O'Brien: ...established as a pilot programme to provide learnings on the move to 'deeper retrofit', to trial the aggregation concept and provide economic stimulus to the counties most affected by the cessation of peat harvesting for electricity generation. It centred therefore on upgrading larger batches of homes in distinct, compact geographical areas.  The Midlands Retrofit...

Regulations for the Sale and Distribution of Turf: Motion [Private Members] (5 May 2022) See 6 other results from this debate

Michael Fitzmaurice: There are a few things that were said by the Minister, Deputy Eamon Ryan, and, indeed, by the Minister of State, Deputy Ossian Smyth, that need to be corrected. They spoke about sod peat not being valuable for heat. In case the Minister of State does not know - he might not come from a turf or bog area - the fact is that approximately €600 heats one's house for the year. There is no...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Solar Energy and the Agricultural Industry: Discussion (4 May 2022) See 1 other result from this debate

...a second part. The third part, which will be hugely important, is the removals. Getting appropriate emission factors for the removals in terms of sequestration on mineral soils and losses through peat soils will form the third pillar in how climate-neutral looks for agriculture by 2050.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Funding (4 May 2022) See 3 other results from this answer

Carol Nolan: 79. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the use of Just Transition funding to subsidise the importation of peat moss or the adaptation of facilities to mill peat; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21778/22]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Collection (4 May 2022)

Paschal Donohoe: Solid Fuel Carbon Tax (SFCT) is an excise duty that applies to coal and peat when first supplied in the State for use as a fuel. SFCT rates effective from 1 May 2021 to 30 April 2022 are listed in the table below along with rates effective from 1 May 2022. Solid Fuel Category SFCT rate per tonne from 01/05/2021 to 30/04/2022 SFCT rate per tonne from 01/05/2022 ...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (28 Apr 2022)

Eamon Ryan: We need to tackle smoky fuels. The only way we can tackle smoky fuels - the coal, wet wood, peat and other products - that are causing these deaths is to have a regulatory system, as recommended by the Attorney General, in which we tackle all the smoky fuels. In doing that, we recognise it is not an outright ban because there are issues and a tradition in our country where people have had...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Turf Cutting (28 Apr 2022)

Eamon Ryan: ...of initiating an EU Technical Regulations Information consultation process. In recognition of the fact that turf cutting by citizens for use in their own homes is a traditional activity across many peatlands, and to accommodate those with rights to harvest sod peat, the draft regulations as notified, placed no restriction on the cutting or burning of sod peat while seeking to reduce the...

Financial Resolution No. 2: Mineral Oils Tax (27 Apr 2022) See 1 other result from this debate

Michael Fitzmaurice: ...25%. We do it a simple way. There is a lot of talk about kiln drying. If it is seated in a kiln for seven, eight or nine months, it is sound, it is 100%, and the moisture is down. To take the example of the peat briquette, I cannot for the life of me understand why if I have a peat briquette in one hand and a sod of turf in the other, they are telling me that I can burn that one in the...

Carbon Tax: Motion [Private Members] (27 Apr 2022)

Michael Healy-Rae: ...by €19.40, bringing the total carbon tax applied to €106.07; — on 11,000 kilowatt-hours of natural gas will jump by €16.95, bringing the total carbon tax to €92.62; — applied to a bag of coal (40 kilogram (kg)) will increase by 89 cents, bringing the total carbon tax applied to €4.90 per bag; and — applied to peat briquettes...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Turf Cutting (27 Apr 2022)

Eamon Ryan: .... The primary focus of these regulations is on the large-scale commercial sale of turf. I recognise that turf cutting by citizens for use in their own homes is a traditional activity across many peatland areas and the intention is to preserve customary practices in this regard. Final regulations will be agreed by Government in due course reflecting the ongoing consultation as to their...

Home Heating Fuels: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (26 Apr 2022) See 1 other result from this debate

Damien English: ...mitigate impacts across society. As for turf, as Members of the House heard earlier, the Government recognises that turf cutting by citizens for use in their own homes is a traditional activity across many peatlands. The burning of large quantities of turf, however, is associated with harmful levels of particulate matter emissions. These emissions can have a considerable public...

Home Heating Fuels: Motion [Private Members] (26 Apr 2022) See 6 other results from this debate

Paul Murphy: ...change and eco-socialist policies that put people's needs and our planet first. The science is crystal clear: Ireland bogs are the richest in Europe, and bogs are incredibly good carbon sinks. Peatlands cover 3% of the world's surface but store 40% of all carbon in the soil. They store twice as much carbon as all the forests in the world. They are a treasure trove of biodiversity in...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thought the aromatic flavour of wine was more berry-like and that whiskey was more peat-----

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