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Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

David Cullinane: I welcome this debate on the environment and commend Deputy Sherlock and the Labour Party on tabling this motion. Sinn Féin will support it and the amendment tabled by Fianna Fáil, which adds value to the motion. We have tabled our own amendment and we are hoping that will also be supported. It is hard not to feel that this House has spent much time on passing motions on...

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

James Browne: I thank the Labour Party for introducing this motion. It is an important motion on clean air. I wish to focus particularly on the issue of smoky coal. Smoky coal is a significant contributor to air pollution. The EPA estimates that 1,500 premature deaths are caused each year by air pollution. The HSE has, in response to a parliamentary question I tabled, estimated that the economic cost...

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Malcolm Byrne: Like my colleagues, I strongly support the Labour Party motion. Potentially four people die every day as a result of poor air quality. Deputies Burton and Browne mentioned some of the towns in Wexford. In some of those towns at night, smoky coal can be tasted in the air. If somebody has asthma or another respiratory illness, it causes serious problems. In some cases, people cannot even...

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Thomas Byrne: I thank the Labour Party for this timely motion. My own leader has brought up this issue on a number of occasions in recent years. My party, when in government with former Minister Mary Harney, introduced the original smoky coal ban and there have been no legal issues in the intervening period. This is the first time the Government has publicly addressed its legal strategy and told...

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: That is rubbish.

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Richard Bruton: Deputies will be aware that people who are burning solid fuel in rural areas are those who are at the highest risk of fuel poverty. It would do significant damage to their ability to heat their homes. The alternative would be that it would undermine the basis of the ban we already have. If such a case were taken successfully, it would undermine the ban that applies to Dublin and to the 26...

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Tommy Broughan: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire.

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Richard Bruton: I was going to comment on illegal dumping, but I will deal with it on another occasion.

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Jack Chambers: I wish to share time with Deputies Browne, Cowen, Malcolm Byrne and Thomas Byrne.

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Tommy Broughan: Is that agreed? Agreed.

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Jack Chambers: Fianna Fáil has tabled an amendment to the motion. I am grateful for the opportunity to address this Labour Party motion, which Fianna Fáil is supporting today. The ongoing lack of enforcement and failure by the Government to prioritise and implement necessary legislative changes across a range of climate and environmental issues simply cannot be accepted. The endemic failure of...

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Joan Burton: I thank Deputy Sherlock for tabling this motion on behalf of the Labour Party. I thank all the parties that have indicated their support for the principle of clean air and clean water, which are fundamental essentials to a healthy human life. The Taoiseach stated in the House last week that Ireland is the third most advanced country according to the UN human development index. Despite...

Environmental Policy: Motion [Private Members] (18 Dec 2019)

Richard Bruton: I move amendment No. 3: To delete the words “immediately enact a nationwide ban on smoky coal, which has already been proven to work in many larger urban areas without legal challenge;” and insert the following: “— not introduce a nationwide smoky coal ban at this time, as to do so carries a serious risk of illegality unless the burning of peat, turf and wet...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rail Services (18 Dec 2019)

Pat Gallagher: Thank you.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rail Services (18 Dec 2019)

Shane Ross: A few more sentences and then I will stop.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rail Services (18 Dec 2019)

Pat Gallagher: I am being criticised all week for giving too much time.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rail Services (18 Dec 2019)

Shane Ross: The new fleet will allow for redeployment to benefit other routes and Iarnród Éireann will examine the scope for enhancing capacity on rail services on the Rosslare line.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rail Services (18 Dec 2019)

Pat Gallagher: The Minister will have another two minutes later. Deputy Malcolm Byrne has one minute.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rail Services (18 Dec 2019)

Malcolm Byrne: I thank the Minister but I am afraid that his answer is a bit of a cop-out. It is great that we will see him announce 41 new trains and I am sure he will be smiling beside them when that happens, but the problem is that we are not even getting any of those shiny new trains on the Rosslare route-----

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rail Services (18 Dec 2019)

Seán Sherlock: They are all going to Mallow.

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