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Greens Call on EPA to Address Air Pollution in Waterford City

Greens Call on EPA to Address Air Pollution in Waterford City

More monitoring needed to access the scale of the problem A motion calling for the EPA to address the Waterford Metropolitan District ‘as a matter of urgency to discuss air-quality monitoring throughout the metropolitan region’ received unanimous support in the chamber last Monday. The motion, put down by Green Party councillor Marc Ó Cathasaigh, came…

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Concerns for Funding of National Biodiversity Data Centre

Concerns for Funding of National Biodiversity Data Centre

Precarious Funding Situation puts the Centre’s Ongoing Work at Risk Concerns have emerged about the future of the National Biodiversity Data Centre due to lack of clarity around the renewal of staff contracts for 2020. The agency, which is based out of WIT’s Carriganore Campus, is a national centre for the collection and analysis of…

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**Updated** Social Protection Provisions for Covid-19

**Updated** Social Protection Provisions for Covid-19

A great deal has changed in the two weeks since the first raft of #Covid-19 supports were introduced by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.  I travelled to Dublin last week to attend a briefing on these measures along with spokespeople from other parties. What’s clear is that these payments have been designed…

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Maiden Speech, Dáil Éireann

Maiden Speech, Dáil Éireann

March 19, 2020. Recently elected TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh made his maiden speech before a much reduced Dáil during last Thursday’s debate on emergency legislation to tackle the Covid-19 health crisis.  Only one third of elected TDs were allowed to enter the chamber in order to minimise the chance of transmission during the…

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Social Protection Payments, Covid-19

Social Protection Payments, Covid-19

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection have a range of new measures in place to help workers and businesses affected by #CoronaVirus #Covid-19. Firstly, they’ve simplified the form you need to fill in. However, don’t go to your local Intreo Office (or the Dole Office, in old money) – they’re asking people to…

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Exploratory Talks

Exploratory Talks

Just a quick update after a very productive and very intensive week. As has been widely reported in the media, the Green Party last week convened a series of in-depth exploratory talks with a number of other parties. To date, we have met with representatives from Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil, and will meet in…

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Waterford City and County Council to join Covenant of Mayors

Waterford City and County Council to join Covenant of Mayors

Waterford City and County Council has undertaken to join an international Climate Action movement of local authorities, the Covenant of Mayors, following the unanimous passing of a motion at Plenary Council this Thursday. The Covenant of Mayors is an initiative launched in 2008 in Europe with the ambition of gathering local governments voluntarily committed to…

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