Seanad debates

Thursday, 21 March 2024

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business


9:30 am

Photo of Gerard CraughwellGerard Craughwell (Independent) | Oireachtas source

This morning I rise to raise two issues. One is the issue of wind turbines. My colleague Senator McGreehan has been working on a particular scheme in Monasterboice in County Louth. The problem is that the regulations we are working under are outdated. The turbines being put in are way bigger than any turbine that had been put in under the old regulations. All erection of wind turbines should be paused until the regulations are brought up to date. They should then be built in accordance with the modern regulations rather than the regulations from 2016. I call on the Acting Leader to raise this with the relevant Minister and put it on the clár.

This afternoon we will deal with the referendum Bill on patents. This is a very important referendum. I appeal that we do not see the citizens give the Government another hammering, as they did in the previous two referendums. We need very clear, simple and concise language that people can understand. This referendum is about business, innovators and inventors, and securing their futures in the European Union. I call on the Government to provide very simple and easy to understand language that people can vote on, not to use their vote to give a wallop to anybody but to support business in Ireland.


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