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Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Eugene Murphy: No.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Jack Chambers: We have already asked questions in our contributions.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Eugene Murphy: The Minister will respond to the debate following the questions and answers session. I will not allow speeches. Deputies must confine themselves to questions.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Jack Chambers: What is the timeframe for the questions and answers session?

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Eugene Murphy: It is 30 minutes. The Deputy can ask two questions if he wishes.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Jack Chambers: I asked the Minister a number of questions in my initial contribution. What level of fines were paid as a result of our failure to reach our targets? What level of fines will be paid if we fail to reach our overall target in 2020? The Department has not communicated if a further public consultation will be held on the finalised NECP. When does the Minister intend to publish the draft...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I have a couple of questions for the Minister. On the 6% of the hedgerows and trees around the country that have not been accounted for in the emissions, will the Minister ensure it is included as it could bring emissions for agriculture down 8% to 10%? Is the Minister willing to heed my proposal that in respect of holdings of 50 acres we would put in a shelter belt and the Government would...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Richard Bruton: On the level of fines, they are not finally determined. Basically, Ireland has two areas where we are likely to fall short. In regard to the 16% renewable energy across all systems, not just electricity, we are likely to fall short and we will have to purchase statistical transfers. The price at which they will be bought is not yet set or known. We have to enter into discussions about...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Eamon Ryan: This has been a hugely significant year in the country on the issue of climate change. It has been a year when public consciousness and desire for action has risen stronger than any time I can remember in the past 30 years of campaigning on this issue. It came from what happened in the previous year, with the IPCC report of October 2018 setting out the differences between a 1.5°C and...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: I am beginning to feel that climate is getting like housing with debate after debate. It is really time that we stopped talking and started doing. Equally, while marches and protests have their place, we need comprehensive, easy to read, easy to understand information and measures on recycling. Most of us have our different bins but there is a lot of contamination of recycling materials...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Thomas Pringle: This is a key moment of political accountability for Ireland's action on climate change in the past year. Despite all the consultations, plans and research papers, it is clear that Ireland is making very limited progress towards meeting its current long-term national policy position. Policy positions and expensive consultant contracts do not bring down emissions, but action does. The...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I thank Deputy Sherlock for sharing time. Many of us were in attendance to hear Kieran Mulvey address the committee earlier. He is a straight talker and I have great respect for him. He said today that he got a phone call the day before the announcement was made. While there is an office in Offaly, it is like the captain of a team going out onto the pitch on his own; the rest of the...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Bríd Smith: Given that my colleagues failed to do so earlier, on behalf of our group, I thank all the ushers, the cleaners, the porters, the canteen workers, those who serve us, the officials and the staff throughout the Houses for their helpful, hard-working and good-humoured approach to us all year. I wish them and their families the very best for Christmas and the new year. A number of things...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Seán Sherlock: I am sharing time with Deputy Fitzmaurice. Hopefully somebody will send out a text to tell them he will be up in five minutes.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Eugene Murphy: The Deputy can keep going otherwise.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Seán Sherlock: Every week we are in this Chamber or at a committee talking about climate action. If the Government is to achieve everything that it has set out in the climate action plan, it would be useful if we could nail down the financial package involved. Let us take targets around afforestation or the retrofitting of houses. While I do not wish to be partisan tonight, by any objective analysis,...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Pat Gallagher: By arrangement, I call Deputy Cullinane.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

David Cullinane: I mentioned in my earlier contribution on the Labour Party motion that I hoped climate change does not become the new housing, where we have endless debates in this Chamber but very little action. While I welcome this opportunity to make statements on climate action-----

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

Pat Gallagher: If I can interrupt Deputy Cullinane for a moment. I want to get the advice of the House. The Order of Business of the House is to conclude at 10.15 p.m. We have an hour and 15 minutes remaining. If we are not going to conclude then, we have to change the Order of Business of the House. I know Deputy Cullinane will need about ten minutes.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (18 Dec 2019)

David Cullinane: Five minutes is enough for me.

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