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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Area Plans (18 Dec 2019)

Local Area Plans

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Area Plans (18 Dec 2019)

Frank O'Rourke: I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for selecting this matter for debate.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Area Plans (18 Dec 2019)

Pat Gallagher: Not for the first time.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Area Plans (18 Dec 2019)

Frank O'Rourke: Not for the first time is right, and we will come to that during the discussion. I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Phelan, for coming to the House to take the debate and I acknowledge the absence of the Minister of State, Deputy English. He contacted me as he had planned to be here but there was a diary clash. He has discussed the issue with me in the past. This is the third...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Area Plans (18 Dec 2019)

John Paul Phelan: What is the population?

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Area Plans (18 Dec 2019)

Frank O'Rourke: It is 22,500 people. People want to live there. Funnily enough, according to the figures I obtained from the National Transport Authority, NTA, Hazelhatch train station has been identified as one of the least used stations in the country. This is because it is outside the town. A development such as this would be very advantageous because it would advocate for full use of public transport...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Area Plans (18 Dec 2019)

John Paul Phelan: I thank the Deputy for raising the matter. As he pointed out, I am taking the debate on behalf of the Minister of State, Deputy English, who had a prior commitment. The advancement of housing development in Celbridge and the continued planned growth of this important town in tandem with the supporting infrastructure and amenities required is an important issue. I remember when Celbridge...

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Helen McEntee: I will start with the last questions, around Brexit and when the €100 million funding will be ready. We are still implementing funding from the EU-funded INTERREG and PEACE programmes, which will finish when this current budget term ends. There is a question as to whether the next EU budget will be implemented on time. We are pushing to try to make sure it is ready, which will be...

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Sitting suspended at 4 p.m. and resumed at 5 p.m.

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Bernard Durkan: We have nine and a half minutes left and I want to get in two speakers. The Minister of State also needs time to wrap up.

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Richard Boyd Barrett: To use a seasonal metaphor, turkeys do not vote for Christmas. We absolutely must address the climate emergency. There appears to be no recognition by the European Union that if addressing it seems like punishment for large sections of the population, they will just not buy into it and, worse still, they will react against it. I mentioned that the far right is worryingly on the rise across...

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Seán Crowe: I raised the Palestinian question at the pre-Council discussion but that has already been asked. I also raised the current situation in Malta. As the Minister of State knows, there have been serious protests and mounting concern over the alleged involvement of the Prime Minister's former chief of staff and other employees in a murder and subsequent cover-up of the investigative journalist...

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Bernard Durkan: We will now move to the question and answer session. Each group will have three minutes. I call Deputy Haughey for Fianna Fáil.

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Seán Haughey: The headline from the European Council meeting was the green new deal put forward by the new European Commission President, a legally binding commitment by the EU to work towards carbon neutrality by 2050. This includes a 50% to 55% emissions reduction target for 2030. That is a big deal. Involved in this is the establishment of a just transition mechanism worth up to €100 billion....

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Helen McEntee: I thank the Deputy for his questions. Despite the fact that there was a lack of a conclusion to the COP25 negotiations, the new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, was positive and made significant steps in the right direction with the launch of the green deal last week. The endorsement by the European Council of the objective of climate neutrality by 2050 was also...

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Mattie McGrath: I wish the Minister of State well. I understand that she was unwell during the week. I also wish her well in her work. I wish a Happy Christmas to her, to her family and to the other Ministers dealing with this matter. In the course of the recent pre-Council statements, I raised the challenges that would emerge to Ireland's farming and agriculture sector in the context of the EU...

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: Let me consider the topics discussed at the meetings in the past two days. Obviously, the multi-annual financial framework was discussed. Nobody denies the importance of that and of the budgets for the work of the European Union. I believe, however, that there are certain rights issues that are not receiving the attention they deserve and are not being acted upon sufficiently. Speaking...

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Tommy Broughan: It is welcome that the European Council has endorsed the aim of making the European Union carbon neutral by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement. I note the Taoiseach's comments about the new climate action forum involving Ireland, Denmark and Sweden. Its work could be very valuable but the targets for Ireland for 2030, laid down in Ms Ursula von der Leyen's green new deal, will be...

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Richard Boyd Barrett: At one level, Ursula von der Leyen's commitment to a new green deal and addressing climate change is positive because the climate emergency is a terrifying reality that is hurtling at humanity at a ferocious pace and threatening our existence and that of future generations. Insofar as the popular movement, in particular of young people and environmentalists, has forced this issue, through...

Post-European Council: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Brendan Howlin: I am glad to have the opportunity to make a few observations on the European Council meeting that took place last week. It is important to debate matters discussed at the European Council in this House. As I said this morning, the single biggest economic challenge facing the European Union is providing global leadership on climate change and forming the vanguard on climate action, not least...

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