Seanad debates

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

3:30 pm

Photo of Anthony LawlorAnthony Lawlor (Fine Gael)

That is not what I am finding because they seem to be able to do it quicker than local authorities. Local authorities have also been denuded of staff who are capable of looking after those projects. They let go of people during the recession.

I thought it was an excellent idea to allow apartment blocks to install charging points and make a grant available for that. I love the fact that there is a small amount of money for amateur dramatic and musical societies. It is small stuff but these societies cater for an awful lot of people. It is mostly elderly, retired people who are involved in things like that. That is nice to see. I have not heard anyone mention our commitment to reach the target of providing 0.7% of GDP for overseas development aid. We are still nowhere near achieving that. I welcome the increase in the €837 million currently provided. I also welcome the doubling of the allocation for the green climate fund.

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