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Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----along with his representative, John Kerry, and several former American presidents, all of whom are focused on trying to get outcomes at these COPs. That needs to be acknowledged, unlike other big powers that are not making the same contribution at this stage to the international effort. The US has an awful lot more to do in general and not just in respect of its military. There is a...

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----rather than decrying them all the time. For the Deputy, the US and nobody else is the big baddie of the world, in terms of his presentations. Deputy Paul Murphy raised the issue of data centres.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: He referenced south county Dublin. First, because of the digital age, data centres are a reality, unless you want to de-digitalise the entire society and economy.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: Does the Deputy want to de-digitalise it? He needs to be honest and front up on that.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: We have a framework. The Commission for Regulation of Utilities, CRU-----

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----has come up with a policy proposal that the Government is adopting. The Government has published a statement in respect of a moderate position on the utilisation of data centres and further data centres.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: The bottom line, however, is that thousands of jobs depend on data centres.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: Many investment companies coming in here are saying it is not just one or the other, but the Deputy does not worry about foreign direct investment, FDI-----

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----because according to his party's economic model, it would not favour the FDI model.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: Fair enough. I get constantly interrupted as well, which is fair enough. I do not have an issue with it. Deputy Bacik referred to climate finance. Our commitment is €225 million by 2025 on a permanent basis. Within that, we allocated €10 million to the global shield. What are now required are concrete proposals and initiatives around climate finance that we can support....

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: Who are you a puppet for?

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: We will let people think, reflect and cast their own views on that.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: Your record for the past ten years, such as when you guys were neutral when Crimea was invaded, tells me for whom you are useful puppets-----

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----as does your record in respect of what is going on in Ukraine as well.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: Yes, you were.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: The point is the European Union governments are the most consistently constructive and proactive on climate change. Deputy Barry and his colleagues can never bring themselves to acknowledge that.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: All you guys can do is attack the European Union and the United States every single day, almost to the exclusion of anybody else.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: European Council (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 to 22, inclusive, together. As I set out in my statement to the House on 16 November, I attended a meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 20 and 21 October. Issues discussed included developments in Russia's war on Ukraine and its wider impacts, supply and price challenges on energy, economic issues, and a number of external relations issues,...

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: In response to Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh on retrofitting, I sometimes wonder, when Sinn Féin makes propositions, if it ever wants anything done at all. It is a very good retrofit programme and there has been a 130% increase in applications. It is about getting energy efficiency into our entire system. Its fundamental priority is energy efficiency and reducing energy waste. There are...

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Departmental Offices (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----certain outcomes, it is Ireland's responsibility. Ireland makes a very progressive and constructive contribution to these international gatherings and takes it very seriously. Our officials and political representatives at COP apply themselves seriously to this to try to get agreement. An agreement is better than no agreement. I genuinely believe that.

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