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Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Seán Canney: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this most important legislation. Listening to the debate, I think there is a fairly clear message that not enough time is being provided to consider this important Bill. A 45-minute session on Committee Stage next week is not good enough. On the topic at hand, we are talking about the extraction of water and how we manage and regulate that. We are...

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Steven Matthews: I find myself in agreement with Opposition speakers here today. We worked together on the relevant Oireachtas committee. As has been said by others, we heard from a number of witnesses who advised us and we put together a report with a number of recommendations. The most important piece of information the committee received was legal advice from the OPLA on a number of questions we raised....

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Bríd Smith: It is really hard to think of anything that is as necessary to life as water. Next to food and heat, it is truly essential. When the previous Government attempted to bring in water charges, we were constantly told by various business interests that water would be the new oil in the coming years as the environment globally became threatened by the climate crisis and other crises. When...

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Cian O'Callaghan: The way the Government is handling this legislation confuses me as it is unclear to me what it has absolute contempt for. Is it absolute contempt for the legislative process, democracy and the idea of pre-legislative scrutiny by the Oireachtas committee and scrutiny by the Dáil? Is it absolute contempt for the environment, water and biodiversity? Is it absolute contempt for compliance...

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I appreciate that. I was unaware of the Venice of Ireland. Every day is a school day. My party position has already been laid out fairly clearly. People will probably say I should just sit down and say nothing, making everyone a lot happier, but unfortunately I have an inability to do so. Deputy Ó Broin, who I suppose has made an assertion of sorts, referred to the logic for...

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Cian O'Callaghan: It is 45 minutes.

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: We are getting 45 minutes to consider amendments to a technical Bill. The Government often blames committees, arguing that it takes them too long to do pre-legislative scrutiny and that is why there is a rush at the end. Our detailed, considered report has been with the Government for two years, yet it is only now that we are getting to debate the Bill, with only a tiny amount of time...

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Patricia Ryan: The purpose of this Bill is to create a registration and licensing system for the abstraction of water from the water table. This is yet another EU directive that the Government has been slow to implement. The Government has been very fast in trying to saddle the people with water charges to suit its privatisation agenda but slow in addressing water quality and supply issues. The Bill is...

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Joe Carey: Next is Deputy Ó Broin, who is sharing time with Deputies Patricia Ryan and Ó Murchú.

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I thank the Minister of State for so ably filling in for his colleagues on such technical legislation. This Bill, despite its technical nature, is important. Since the water framework directive was introduced in 2000, there has been an obligation on this State to know something very simple, namely, how much water is extracted from our natural water sources at any given time across the...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Motion (8 Dec 2022)

Question put and agreed to.

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Water Environment (Abstractions and Associated Impoundments) Bill 2022: Second Stage (8 Dec 2022)

Seán Fleming: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." On behalf of the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, I am happy to have the opportunity to introduce the Bill. The purpose of this Bill is to set out a system of controls on the abstraction and impoundment of water to protect our water environment and to ensure compliance with Ireland's...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Motion (8 Dec 2022)

Seán Fleming: I thank the Deputy for his contribution, to which I have carefully listened, particularly his comments on the motion, the broader issue and the historical context. I am one of those people who understands where we have come from in the past 100 years but I am equally as interested in the future generation. Any time I speak about these issues, I like to talk about where we are and how we...

Message from Select Committee (8 Dec 2022)

Message from Select Committee (8 Dec 2022)

Joe Carey: The Select Committee on Justice has completed its detailed scrutiny of the Judicial Council (Amendment) Bill 2021 and in accordance with Standing Order 178 has recommended that for the reasons outlined in its report, the Bill should proceed to Committee Stage.

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Motion (8 Dec 2022)

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Motion (8 Dec 2022)

Seán Fleming: I move: That Dáil Éireann approves the exercise by the State of the option or discretion under Protocol No. 21 on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to take part in the adoption and application of the following...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Motion (8 Dec 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I accept that the Government was not responsible for the timeline. We obviously support this absolutely necessary proposal on PNR data. Once more we are dealing with the outworkings of the TCA between Britain and the European Union and the outworkings of what has been a disastrous Brexit. I am hardly the first person to say that on the floor of this Chamber. Exercising our...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (8 Dec 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. I am sorry to hear about that lady's experience. I worked in KDoc in Naas once upon a time and it is a good service most of the time. Perhaps particular issues relating to staff or some other matters arose. If the Deputy passes the lady's details to my office, with her permission, we will follow it up with KDoc and the HSE.

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