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Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Is that agreed? Agreed.

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

David Cullinane: I will put questions directly to the Minister. I want to go over and back during the time if that is possible. I want to deal with two issues very quickly. We only have six minutes so I would appreciate if the Minister could be as succinct as I will be in putting the questions. The first is on the just transition fund after which I will ask questions about the media. There are three...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Richard Bruton: The just transition fund has just been opened for applications. Interested groups can register under an arrangement that is already in place with the councils. We will publish the final criteria in about three weeks and we will have the selection thereafter. The contract has already been awarded for the first tranche of bog restoration. Bord na Móna won that contract and it is...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Michael Moynihan: We could discuss a raft of issues that fall within the remit of the Department but I will focus on broadband and working from home. In recent months, society has changed in ways we could not have possibly imagined. Policymakers would have argued that it was not possible to work in these ways because a raft of barriers was preventing decentralisation and so on. Working from home has worked...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Joe Flaherty: I grew up in the shadow of the ESB power station in Lanesborough and the broad, majestic Mount Dillon boglands were the backdrop to my youth. For 75 years, our community was the cradle of the Irish energy revolution. Now, with the race to decarbonise with bright, new, shiny alternatives, we are unfortunately no longer fashionable. We must remember that Bord na Móna led one of the most...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We may take the other contributions and come back to the Minister at the end.

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Jim O'Callaghan: I am now even more concerned about this lockdown than when I spoke here three weeks ago. I am extremely concerned about its impact on young people, children, the elderly, people who are suffering from non-Covid illnesses, our economy and indeed those people in society who are the most financially insecure. I am also concerned that too much responsibility has casually been delegated by...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I understand that Deputy Chambers is sharing time with his colleagues.

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Jack Chambers: I am sharing time with a few colleagues. I will be slipping out to let them in. I pay tribute to the staff on the front line and offer my sympathies to all those who have lost their lives due to Covid-19. It has taken more than 1,600 lives in Ireland and more than 350,000 worldwide, caused untold mental strain, severely damaged businesses and disrupted many young people's education. Every...

Gnó na Dála - Business of Dáil (27 May 2020)

Gnó na Dála - Business of Dáil (27 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We shall resume. For the information of the Members, on foot of the Order of the Dáil of 5 March 2020, I wish to announce for the information of the House that the following Members have been appointed to serve on the Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform: representing the Government, Deputies Alan Farrell, Emer Higgins and Patrick O'Donovan; Fianna Fáil being...

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Rachaimid ar aghaidh leis an gcéad phíosa gnó eile: Uimh. 8, ráiteas ón Aire Cumarsáide, Gníomhaithe ar son na hAeráide agus Comhshaoil maidir le Covid-19. The floor is the Minister's and he has ten minutes.

Covid-19 (Communications, Climate Action and Environment): Statements (27 May 2020)

Richard Bruton: I thank the Ceann Comhairle. These are truly extraordinary circumstances. I know he is used to it at this stage but even though I think I am jointly the longest serving Deputy in the House at the moment, I am certainly not used to these circumstances. However, I am glad to have the opportunity to account for my stewardship as a caretaker Minister. I want first to thank my officials and...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: Deputy Danny Healy-Rae raised this as well and I agree fully. It has to be far too much ideology in terms of rural planning in general. It is a multifaceted answer but there are two obvious issues. First, there are the serviced sites on the edges of our towns and villages. There is also the dispersed rural housing, the once-off rural house. I am acutely familiar with some of the issues...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Marian Harkin: What about the local authorities?

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Lahart: The time is up. I thank the Minister of State and the Deputies.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Sitting suspended at 7.50 p.m. and resumed at 8.10 p.m.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Marian Harkin: Like many other Deputies, I want to pay tribute to the really good and important work of people in the local authorities and their commitment to their local communities, which has been outstanding in many cases. One of the advantages of being the final speaker is that one has the opportunity to hear what is said during the debate, some of which I have been listening to in my office. I raise...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Catherine Connolly: The Minister of State paid tribute to the local authorities for their co-operation with other groups on the ground. I join in that tribute. They have shown us the way forward. If we have learned anything, it is that we cannot go back. We must go forward with a completely different vision. Development in Galway has not been sustainable for a very long time. I know the Minister of...

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