Seanad debates

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

 

2:30 pm

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Fine Gael)

The Senator could very well be right.

Senator Boyhan raised the very important issue of climate change and I would be happy to facilitate having the Minister, Deputy Bruton, coming back to the House. Senator Humphreys had a very good suggestion about a rolling debate on climate change, something we did prior to the Christmas recess. We will come back to that again. I will arrange to have the Minister, Deputy Bruton, come back to the House because the issue of climate change is very important.

Senator Humphreys welcomed today's publication of the new ambitious metropolitan transport strategy for Cork, which I welcome.The €1 billion light rail network proposed for Cork is both innovative and necessary. I hope we can see the period of consultation extended, as Senator Humphreys said, and I exhort all involved to extend it. This is about the future of Cork. It is going to 2040 and the more engagement we can have the better the outcome will be for our metropolitan transport strategy. It is an investment of €1 billion in light rail and €545 million in BusConnects. We are extending the routes from 14 km to 100 km and increasing walking and cycling propositions to the people of Cork. I welcome it and commend those involved in the draft publication.

We need to get this right. If that means extending the consultation period, let us do that, given we saw the benefit of this in Dublin. I know Anne Graham was on the "News at One" today making comments about listening to people and it is important that people are listened to.

I answered Senator Gallagher on CAMHS. I am happy to accept Senator Ruane's amendment to the Order of Business.

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