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Emergency Budget: Motion [Private Members] (28 Jun 2022)

Emergency Budget: Motion [Private Members] (28 Jun 2022)

Pearse Doherty: I move: That Dáil Éireann: recognises that: — citizens are struggling with the rising cost of living and need action from the Government now; — the Government cannot protect everyone from the full impact of every price increase, some of which are being driven by international factors beyond its control; — the Government is now projected to...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Ossian Smyth: I thank all the Deputies for their insightful comments on this emergency legislation. It is, indeed, emergency legislation. We are trying to address an immediate problem, the security of electricity supply, and to get more credit to people's electricity accounts for the coming winter. It is vital we deliver this legislation to enable these priorities. I appreciate the Deputies’...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I welcome the opportunity to look at this legislation. I am horrified by Deputy Leddin's comments and the ill-informed content of some of the debate. He talked about the data centre trove. I rarely personalise debate but I certainly find it a little worrying that information could be twisted in such a way by a Green Party Deputy. We have here legislation for which the date for amendments...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Richard O'Donoghue: The Rural Independent Group asked for the opening of oil and gas exploration, against which the Minister of State voted here in this House, until we have an alternative. Central Statistics Office figures show that the data centres used 14% of our metered electricity last year, now rising to 30%. The European Commission in 2020 put data centres as using 2.7%. We are at 14% and we are...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Martin Browne: While Sinn Féin supports the Bill, it is a direct consequence of the failure of the Government and the ones that came before it to prepare for increased demand with changing demographics and, of course, the prevalence of energy-hungry data centres. This Bill will allow EirGrid to acquire new emergency electricity generation capacity. This will be done by increasing EirGrid's borrowing...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this legislation. In the last few hours it was on the news that the G7 has said very clearly that unfortunately for them, because of the situation that is evolving, they are now making sure about fuel security and that fossil fuels have to be used more. I have said this for the last few years but people did not want to listen. That is the reality...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Danny Healy-Rae: It is very clear to me and many others in this Chamber and around the country that the Minister's Government is running scared. This is a Bill to try to ensure we do not have blackouts. The Government has paid €450 million for gas generators but where will it get the gas? It could get cornered with that because the Ministers do not want to listen to anybody. We have an...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Michael Healy-Rae: Failure after failure after failure; that is the result of the policies from this Government when it comes to energy, fuel and how to manage our economy. As was already stated, the Government closed Bord na Móna without thinking it through and we are now bringing in briquettes from Germany. Nobody thought of or mentioned the horticultural industry until one day in here I started a...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Michael Collins: Regarding the wider and often overlooked point about our national electricity grid, it is opportune to outline that there is only one electricity grid in Ireland. It is operated by EirGrid and owned by the State. Today, 40% of Ireland's electricity is generated by gas; 40% by wind; 10% by coal; and 10% by peat, oil and solar energy. Another point worth noting is that the grid is largely...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Denis Naughten: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the chickens coming home to roost Bill. None of what is before us should come as a surprise to anyone, particularly anyone in government because over a long number of years they have been made well aware of the issues we are facing now. We are told the objective behind the Bill is to provide temporary electricity generation to replace older power plants...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We are dealing with rushed legislation on an issue we all, to a degree, saw coming down the tracks. Long before we entered into the disaster of the war in Ukraine, we had been speaking about whether we had difficulties with energy security. We knew that there was the possibility of blackouts and wondered whether they could be avoided. There was also the issue as to whether anyone could...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Seán Canney: I welcome the opportunity to contribute on this important issue. Security of energy has been brought into focus generally by the fact that we have seen over the past number of months how fragile a nation we are when it comes to our energy supply. This has been reflected in a lack of investment over a number of years. It is important that we examine what we are doing now and how we address...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: People Before Profit objects to the way in which this Bill is being pushed and rushed, to the fact that we were denied pre-legislative scrutiny of it and to the fact that it will be forced through all Stages tomorrow. It is not that that in itself is a bad precedent because it is a regular occurrence and there may be times when emergency legislation needs to be fast-tracked. We have known...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Brian Leddin: I welcome the Bill, the Minister of State's opening statement and today's debate. I certainly agree with him that we should seek to be constructive in our debate on this legislation. Many of the points made have been constructive. I have not seen the amendments put forward, but I am interested to see them. If they are constructive and add to the Bill, we should consider accepting them. ...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Patricia Ryan: The Bill will allow EirGrid to procure 450 MW of backup electricity generation capacity to ensure we will have enough electricity to meet growing demand in the coming years. Sinn Féin has no choice but to support the Bill. It is essential if we are to avoid electricity blackouts. It is a sad reflection on Government policy, or the lack of it, that we are in this situation. This is a...

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Darren O'Rourke: I asked a pile of questions. What is Deputy Farrell talking about?

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Alan Farrell: Let us be honest with the electorate. Let us tell people the truth about what goes on, rather than Deputies opposite coming into this House-----

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Darren O'Rourke: The Deputy needs to ask the Minister of State whether I asked questions. Of course I did.

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (28 Jun 2022)

Alan Farrell: -----and being cynical as usual.

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