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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 (Resumed)
(31 Mar 2022) See 2 other results from this debate

...is much worse. We have things we can learn from in the past and maybe from some of what the Deputy talked about around how we did our forestry or whatever. Consider what happened in terms of peat, however. The picture was painted for us well in advance but we did not take the proactive positive steps I think we can now with this. My concern is this. We talk about bureaucracy....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Joint Meeting with Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action
Exploring Technologies and Opportunities to Reduce Emissions in the Agriculture Sector: Discussion (Resumed)
(31 Mar 2022) See 2 other results from this debate

...is much worse. We have things we can learn from in the past and maybe from some of what the Deputy talked about around how we did our forestry or whatever. Consider what happened in terms of peat, however. The picture was painted for us well in advance but we did not take the proactive positive steps I think we can now with this. My concern is this. We talk about bureaucracy....

Government Response to Situation in Ukraine: Statements (30 Mar 2022)

Jackie Cahill: ...invitation of Deputy Mattie McGrath, we had a presentation from agricultural contractors in the audiovisual room, which showed the huge economic hardship being put on them. There is a ban on cutting peat in this country. I met representatives of the horticultural industry today and even if they can get the peat they need, the cost of importing it will break the industry. We must bring...

An Bille um an Naoú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Neodracht), 2022: An Dara Céim [Comhaltaí Príobháideacha] - Thirty-ninth Amendment of the Constitution (Neutrality) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (30 Mar 2022)

Danny Healy-Rae: ...some other mouth when we need energy. Now we see where we are; we are drawing coal from Russia to keep Moneypoint going. We have to keep it going. We are drawing woodchip from Germany and importing peat from Latvia and other places. We see where we are now. I will finish on that note as I am cutting into another speaker's time.

Seanad: Impact on Farming Sector Arising from the Situation in Ukraine: Statements (29 Mar 2022) See 2 other results from this debate

Paul Daly: ...of the next CAP. I do not know whether it would be possible to look at that. He mentioned horticulture, fruit and vegetables. We have had the debates, and I will not go over them again, about the importation of peat from the Baltic states. That is also an issue. Our horticulture sector, which has been depending on imported peat to meet its needs, will not have access to the same...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Energy Prices (29 Mar 2022)

Leo Varadkar: ...the urgency of diversifying Ireland’s sources of energy supply to ensure energy security and competitiveness of enterprises operating in Ireland, which is heavily reliant on imported energy (oil, gas, coal, and peat). In particular, the dominance of gas is a risk to both the physical security of supply and in terms of exposure to price variation. The NCPC also emphasised that...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Agriculture Schemes (29 Mar 2022) See 1 other result from this answer

Matt Carthy: 898. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will commission a socioeconomic impact assessment on the results of re-wetting 105,000 ha of farmed drained peat; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16599/22]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Sector (29 Mar 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: ...of factors which include high levels of afforestation in earlier decades; a projected increase in harvesting as forest mature over the coming decade;deforestation;and higher emissions of CO2from peat soils under forestry than previously estimated. In 2024, the forest estate is estimated to become a source of 0.5 Mt CO2eq. The potential sequestration associated with an afforestation rate of...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Departmental Data (29 Mar 2022) See 3 other results from this answer

Matt Carthy: 909. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of horticultural peat imported to the State in tonnes, by year, in each of the years 2016 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16612/22]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy Challenges: Discussion (29 Mar 2022) See 3 other results from this debate

Christopher O'Sullivan: ...our renewable energy. Surely the focus should be on that technology as opposed to the building of LNG infrastructure. I said last week to EirGrid that we are hearing commentary on the reopening of the peat-powered plants and the bogs, which I absolutely disagree with. I hope the CRU would not advocate that. The other commentary we are hearing is on drilling for gas and oil off the...

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) See 1 other result from this debate

Mr. Desmond Savage: To address the Deputy's last point first, I am very confident, being involved in the sector and seeing the work ongoing, that, through technology, changes to peat practices, etc., reductions will be achieved. However, going back to the Deputy's first point, we really need to flip the metrics on their head. Pushing down national or EU metrics at the farm level means...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (23 Mar 2022)

Pippa Hackett: ...proactive ways to deal with this issue. If people are not sure where to start, I ask them to please give my office a call. It is past time for some of our public representatives to get their heads out of the peat and to start thinking about the generation that will come after us because that generation is well aware of the solutions to this crisis. I was recently contacted by a student...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticultural Peat Supply and Willow Scheme: Bord na Móna (23 Mar 2022)

Horticultural Peat Supply and Willow Scheme: Bord na Móna

Seanad: Animal Health and Welfare and Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021: Committee Stage (Resumed) (22 Mar 2022) See 2 other results from this debate

Lynn Boylan: I move amendment No. 25: In page 16, to delete line 32 and substitute the following: “(S.I. No. 477 of 2011). (5) Regulations under subsection (1) shall not apply to planting on peat soils where the climate change implications are unclear.”,”. This amendment seeks to limit the operation of the unlicensed planting of forestry enabled by these provisions so that...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Energy - Ambition and Challenge: Discussion (Resumed) (22 Mar 2022)

Christopher O'Sullivan: ...by other Oireachtas Members within the walls of Leinster House such as that in order to ensure energy security, we should look at doing things like reopen the bogs, encourage the return of peat-powered energy stations, build liquefied natural gas, LNG, terminals, and ramp up oil and gas exploration of our own coast. These are all approaches with which I fundamentally disagree, by the way,...

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

Sharon Keogan: ...of 200 lorries from the haulage group who are not going to be in business if there is no freeze on fuel. We need to look at nuclear energy and have that conversation now. We need to reopen those peat plants that were closed down.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Policy (10 Mar 2022) See 1 other result from this answer

Michael Healy-Rae: 172. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the fact that coal and peat are some of the very few affordable ways of heating homes in Ireland (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13745/22]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Horticulture Sector (10 Mar 2022) See 1 other result from this answer

Carol Nolan: 223. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will revise the decision to reject the recommendations of the Working Group Report on Horticultural Peat given the increased need for food security following the Ukrainian crisis and its impact of food supplies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13712/22]

Finance (Covid-19 and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2022: Second Stage (9 Mar 2022)

Mattie McGrath: ...is a citizens' assembly anseo. I have the privilege of being elected here for the time being and so has the Minister. This is a citizens' assembly. There is no talk about the cost of the citizens' assemblies. The waste of money is just phenomenal. The Government closed down all the peat plants and the coal burning stations. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae and I asked the Taoiseach if he...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Wildlife Regulations (9 Mar 2022)

Garret Ahearn: ...31 August. The window to burn is between September and February but, in reality, it is only after Christmas that burning is recommended. There are a number of reasons for this. If the summer is good, the peat under the heather burns too easily, which is something one never wants. The heat of the burn helps dormant seeds to germinate. If this is done before Christmas, the seeds are...

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