Author: Marc O’Cathasaigh

Climate Action Plan 2023

Climate Action Plan 2023

The Climate Action Plan 2023 is launched today having been approved by Cabinet. ClimateActionPlan 2023 plan builds on the ambition of the 2022 plan outlining a series of measures that must be followed in each sector of the economy in order for Ireland to meet it’s binding target of cutting emissions by 51% by 2030…

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Funding for the upgrade and development of nine Community Centres throughout Waterford.

Funding for the upgrade and development of nine Community Centres throughout Waterford.

Green Party TD for Waterford Marc Ó Cathasaigh welcomes funding for the upgrade and development of nine Community Centres throughout Waterford. The funding represents the largest ever capital investment in upgrading Community Centres and will see grants of between €25,000 to €300,000 provided to successful projects nationwide – nine of them in Waterford. The funding…

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Pre-EU Council Statements

Pre-EU Council Statements

Full Transcript; I echo Deputy Howlin’s comments regarding how interesting it is to reflect on the agenda of the EU Council meeting and how we could not have foreseen many of the items on it when we look back to the start of the Taoiseach’s tenure. It is interesting in the context of not just…

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Households Across Waterford entitled to Fuel Allowance for the first time

Households Across Waterford entitled to Fuel Allowance for the first time

Changes made to the qualifying criteria for the fuel allowance will make the payment available to hundreds of families across Waterford for the first time from January, a development welcomed by Green Party TD, Marc Ó Cathasaigh. Fuel allowance is a means-tested payment to assist pensioners and other low-income households with their winter heating costs,…

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School Meals

School Meals

This question relates to a programme that I know is as close to the Minister’s heart as it is to mine, namely, the school meals programme. As we all know, the cost of putting food on the table has been escalating for everybody in society. In that context, is the subvention available to school meals…

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Statements on COP27

Statements on COP27

I thank the Cathaoirleach Gníomhach for giving me the opportunity to get out of the Chair slightly early so that I could take a speaking slot. Although it might seem frivolous, when reflecting on the achievements and otherwise of COP 27, I think of the Sergio Leone film, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.…

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Defence Forces: Recruitment and Retention

Defence Forces: Recruitment and Retention

Full Transcript: Marc Ó Cathasaigh This issue has already been teased out in the discussion this morning. There is a well-acknowledged issue around recruitment and, in particular, retention in our Defence Forces. I ask about the progress made on fulfilling the Government commitment to increase recruitment in the Defence Forces by 2028. Deputy Simon Coveney…

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Social Welfare Bill 2022

Social Welfare Bill 2022

Full Transcript: Before I address my substantive points, I note that one of the benefits of sharing the duties of chairing the House with the Ceann Comhairle is that one gets to listen to debates in depth. Much of the debate on the Bill has been good. I do not know whether anybody has eulogised…

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Minister Malcolm Noonan visits Waterford to announce €150,000 funding for new Irish Wake Museum in the Viking Triangle.

Minister Malcolm Noonan visits Waterford to announce €150,000 funding for new Irish Wake Museum in the Viking Triangle.

Minister for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan visited Waterford to announce €150,000 funding for the new Irish Wake Museum which will open in the Viking Triangle in 2023. The funding will be used for the fit out of the displays and some restoration works on the 15th Century building in Cathedral Square which will…

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Science Week

Science Week

There has never been a man like my father for answering a question with a question. Maybe it was his way of dealing with four inquisitive children when he was bringing us up, but I doubt it. I feel he probably came hard-wired that way. In any case, it was, and still is at times,…

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