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Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Instruction to Committee (24 Nov 2022)

Communications Regulation Bill 2022: Instruction to Committee (24 Nov 2022)

Ossian Smyth: I move: That, pursuant to Standing Order 233, Standing Order 187 is modified to provide that it be an instruction to the Committee to which the Communications Regulation Bill 2022 may be recommitted in respect of certain amendments that: the Committee has the power to make amendments to the Bill which are outside the existing subject matter of the Bill, in relation to: i. the Digital...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Michael Fitzmaurice: On the announcement of the €1.5 billion, it is a lot of money. Many people were interested to see how it would be divvied out. There are improvements in the planting grant for some and on the yearly subsidy the farmers get. It is worrying that, of the €1.5 billion, there does not seem to be a red cent for ash dieback. That is unusual because we have a problem that needs to...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Pippa Hackett: I thank Deputies for their contributions. It is clear that across the House, while there are different views on where we are headed, everyone wants the forestry sector to be successful. That is important to acknowledge. We need it to be a success in the context of the climate, nature, water quality, wood production, our people, the wider economy and rural areas. I welcome Deputy...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Richard O'Donoghue: I believe the Minister of State believes that farmers are going to rush into forestry to save the planet. Sorry, but that is not going to happen. The confidence is gone in the industry. Farmers were never compensated for ash dieback and, in fact, no one is even applying currently for licences for felling or thinning. This year less than 2,000 ha were set. If we were ever to reach carbon...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: There is an element in this Chamber every day, and seemingly more so of a Thursday, of returning to the scene of the crime. We get an opportunity to probably rerun one of the many single transferable speeches we have at this stage. This is not the first time any of us has dealt with forestry in the House. We all see the issue as what is described as low-hanging fruit, in the sense that it...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Michael Lowry: The forestry and timber business is of huge economic importance to those involved in the sector across County Tipperary. It is a national business and industry that has never achieved its full potential. There are many unhappy people in the forestry sector. These same people are very disgruntled with the administration of the Department. Services, practices, procedures and various schemes...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Despite having the best conditions in Europe for growing trees, we have a totally dysfunctional forestry model in this country, and that has not changed in the 11 years I have been a Deputy. I do not claim to be an expert on forestry, but my interest was piqued beyond a general interest in forests as just being beautiful places before that when, in 2013, the Government of the day agreed with...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Patricia Ryan: Like many policy areas, the crisis within the forestry sector has increasingly worsened under this Government. We have a target to achieve 18% forest cover by 2050. While the Government set a target of 8,000 ha of new forestry each year, it has only achieved 25% to 30% of the target each year to date. COFORD advises that 16,000 ha of annual afforestation is required to achieve our...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mythen: Forestry is one of the key components that can deliver lower emissions and contribute substantially to our domestic construction industry. It also has a major role to play in reducing global warming and achieving our emission targets. However, we must all learn the lessons from our over-reliance on imported energy and fuel and the consequences of Russia's invasion of a sovereign nation,...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Richard Bruton: I speak on forestry with some trepidation because I once spoke in the Chamber many years ago about fisheries. A then prominent Fine Gael Member said that I would not know a mackerel from a herring. I am likely to transgress and, with Deputy Fitzmaurice here, I am sure he will tell me how wrong I am.

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Cormac Devlin: I am sure he will not criticise Deputy Bruton.

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Richard Bruton: He will show great restraint. For good reason, we have set ourselves transformative targets. We aim to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and we hope to have 18% of our land in forestry by the same time. We are seriously struggling to develop policy tools to deliver on these targets, though. I commend the Minister of State, Senator Hackett, on achieving a much higher planting premium,...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

James O'Connor: I am here today to represent the constituency of Cork East, which I share with Deputy Sherlock. What is quite interesting about our constituency is that we are very fortunate to have a large number of commercial forestry operators in the region. They provide very valuable employment to communities, in particular in areas like Fermoy and rural hinterlands surrounding some of the mountainous...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Martin Browne: I welcome the opportunity to address the matter of forestry because, despite recent announcements and fanfare, the issues facing many foresters remain the same in many cases. The Minister of State claims these are exciting times for the forestry sector but this is not what any of the rest of us are hearing from foresters. We note the anger and frustration of foresters, who know the...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Seán Sherlock: I welcome the Minister of State to the House. I wish her well with the new forestry programme that has been devised. We appreciate that it is a draft programme. One certainly perceives there has been a tremendous amount of energy put into forestry, certainly in recent months. The premiums for the proposed forestry programme, across the forestry types the Minister of State has outlined,...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Matt Carthy: We are back in this Chamber discussing forestry again. It would be useful to commend the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine which has ensured that this has become and remains a prevalent issue. We know that agriculture occupies a unique role in Irish society. It is our largest indigenous sector. It does not up and leave when recession hits. It is an integral part of and...

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (24 Nov 2022)

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (24 Nov 2022)

Denise Mitchell: I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 37 and the name of the Member in each case: Deputies Thomas Gould and Mick Barry - to discuss the loss of jobs at the Butcher's Block in Cork. Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - to discuss the proposed reconfiguration of primary schools in Raheny. Deputy Dessie...

Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

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