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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Turf Cutting (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I take it that the Question refers to industrial scale peat extraction on sites over 50 hectares, carried out by commercial operators. I have no role in providing any supports for such extraction.   Industrial scale peat extraction is subject to a dual consent process requiring planning permission and, for sites over 50 hectares, an Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) licence from...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Trade Data (19 Jan 2022)

Paschal Donohoe: ...590,255 271,593 Solid Fuels Imported Coal kilotonnes 439  455  Not Yet Available Solid Fuels Imported Peat* kilotonnes 0 0 Not Yet Available *Peat imports for energy use.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Carbon Budgets: Discussion (Resumed) (18 Jan 2022)

...and innovation is extremely promising. Through the national soil carbon observatory we support increasing afforestation rates, a focus on reducing emissions associated with the management of peat-based soils in agricultural use and the development of our knowledge about carbon flows in our soils. This will be critical also in respect of land-based emissions and opportunities for...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Carbon Budgets: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Jan 2022) See 1 other result from this debate

Bríd Smith: ..., namely, the Bord na Móna workers who had to decarbonise and were made redundant. Normal redundancy is because a business has gone down but here, the State correctly took the policy to shut down peat production to enable us to deal with the climate chaos we are facing. This has been a good thing but I do not believe the experience of just transition has been a good thing for Bord...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Carbon Budgets: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jan 2022)

...it would mean restricting forest harvest, which is planned to increase because the level of past planting was quite high. We could restrict that to avoid fast loss. We can also considerably lower peat extraction. There may be a horticultural sector but the volume of carbon being extracted and lost is far bigger than that in terms of exports. We have serious choices to make. They could...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Carbon Budgets: Discussion (11 Jan 2022) See 4 other results from this debate

...difficult to achieve, to say the least. One of the reasons for that is that land use comprises both the big emission source from organic soils, which are drains for agricultural production, and peat extraction. There is approximately 10 million tonnes of CO2from those annually. We also have a sink in the land use sector, which is unique. We have the removal of carbon dioxide and...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Departmental Reports (16 Dec 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: ... Q4 2021 Housing First National Implementation Plan 2022-2026 Q4 2021 National Policy on Architecture Q1 2022 Review of the Use of Peat in Horticulture Q1 2022 Heritage Ireland 2030 Q1 2022 Tara Conservation Management Plan Q1 2022 Progress report on the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Action Plan (15 Dec 2021)

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. To date 51 National Just Transition Fund projects have finalised grant agreements with my Department and are delivering their...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Engagement on EU Cohesion Policy and Ireland: European Commission (15 Dec 2021)

...contribution of cohesion policy for Ireland for the next years and financial period with a total of €1.3 billion, including this new Just Transition Fund which will support the midlands in transitioning out of peat extraction and peat for electricity generation. Our discussions on the Partnership Agreement with the overall strategic orientation are ongoing and we hope that the...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Climate Change Negotiations (14 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: 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. As part of this commitment, the just transition commissioner was appointed in November 2019 with the mandate to engage...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Horticulture Sector (14 Dec 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Matt Carthy: 98. To ask the Taoiseach further to Parliamentary Question No. 133 of 30 November 2021, if peat transported from this State to Northern Ireland is included in export figures cited; and if so, the quantities of same for each of the years 2016 to 2020 and to date in 2021. [61448/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Change Negotiations (14 Dec 2021)

Eamon Ryan: ...see below). 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. As part of this commitment, the Just Transition Commissioner was appointed in November 2019 with the mandate...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (9 Dec 2021)

Victor Boyhan: ...encounter with some of the families the other day, which is positive, but what they really want are timelines and a commitment regarding the dates, resources, etc. I also wish to raise the issue of peat, an issue pursued by the Leader. I would like to see some outcome. I know the Minister of State, Senator Hackett, announced yesterday that there would be €1.69 million in funding...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (9 Dec 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Brendan Smith: 34. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures he will introduce as a matter of urgency to ensure that there is an adequate supply of domestic peat for the mushroom and horticulture sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60783/21]

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petitions on Unauthorised Developments (9 Dec 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Sorca Clarke: Will Mr. O'Sullivan express an opinion on this? Under section 157(4)(aa) of the relevant planning Act enforcement action may be taken against unauthorised quarrying and unauthorised peat extraction at any time. Is there merit in examining the widening of this to include our lakeshores and unauthorised development that could ultimately have a very profound negative impact on special areas of...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Business of Joint Committee
Engagement with WAVE Trauma Centre
(9 Dec 2021)

...heart of the community. People were very reluctant. They said there was a great shame in the area because this had happened in their locality. They had farmed and tended to those bogs and cut peat in them and there was an embarrassment that this had happened and those bodies had been buried in their midst. They did not know how to reach out. The first thing for the families was to...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Climate Change Policy (7 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: ...the Environment, Climate and Communications and the Government. I welcome the opportunity to set out the actions being taken by the Government in response to the announcement of the closure of the peat-fuelled power stations and the end of peat harvesting by Bord na Móna. The work of Kieran Mulvey, as just transition commissioner in the midlands over the past year, has seen a...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Change Policy (7 Dec 2021)

Claire Kerrane: ...a community (details supplied) impacted by the move from brown to green; the investment that has been made to the community; the efforts that have been made to replace jobs lost by the wind down of peat production; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60455/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Carbon Budgets: Engagement with the Climate Change Advisory Council (7 Dec 2021)

...as a surprise to anybody. The timing was faster than some of the rhetoric had been. However, honesty is the key issue here. It has been known for many years that continuing to produce electricity from peat was contradictory to our climate policies. That was known. The extent to which honesty came into play, in terms of telling both the workers and management of the company about the...

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