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The impact of the closure of a bus service on the people of Dunmore, Portlaw and Passage East

The impact of the closure of a bus service on the people of Dunmore, Portlaw and Passage East

I spoke in the Dáil on the closure of Suirway Bus service and the impact it would have on the people of Dunmore, Portlaw and Passage East. Full Transcript: This Monday, commuters, public transport users and schoolkids in Dunmore East, Passage East and Portlaw heard the news that the operator they have relied upon for…

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Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme: 33 grants for artists and creative arts workers in Waterford

Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme: 33 grants for artists and creative arts workers in Waterford

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh has welcomed the announcement that 33 grants for artists and creative arts workers have been awarded in Waterford through the once-in-a-generation Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme. The pilot scheme will see 2,000 artists nationwide receive a basic income of €325 per week over 3 years…

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Green Party TD welcomes AIB decision to reverse move on Cashless Branches

Green Party TD welcomes AIB decision to reverse move on Cashless Branches

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, has welcomed the announcement that AIB is to reverse its decision to move to cashless branches at 70 locations across the country. The decision, which was set to have impacted services in Ardkeen, Lismore and Tramore, will not now go ahead after significant public and political pressure…

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Irish wool – an important potential revenue stream for sheep farmers.

Irish wool – an important potential revenue stream for sheep farmers.

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, has welcomed moves by the Department of Agriculture to develop and promote Irish wool, an important potential revenue stream for sheep farmers. Responding to the launch of the Wool Feasibility Report earlier this month, Dep. Ó Cathasaigh outlined the steps being taken to develop and value an…

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Plans to Improve Rural Transport across Co. Waterford Gathers Pace

Plans to Improve Rural Transport across Co. Waterford Gathers Pace

The plan to increase and improve rural transport, a key Green Party led commitment in the Programme for Government, took another important step forward this week with the publication of the 2022 Implementation Schedule for the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, which includes proposals for new bus routes across Co. Waterford. It signals the first…

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Famine in the Horn of Africa: Dáil Statement on Post EU Council Meeting.

Famine in the Horn of Africa: Dáil Statement on Post EU Council Meeting.

Full Transcript:I thank the Taoiseach for his comprehensive update on what was discussed at the European Council. None of us is surprised that the Russian aggression in Ukraine and the resulting outcomes dominated much of the meeting. It is striking to hear the language used and reiterated by the Taoiseach in describing some of the…

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Dáil Contribution on the Voting Age

Dáil Contribution on the Voting Age

Full Transcript: I thank Deputy Pringle for bringing this Bill to the House. He may be disappointed at the Government’s approach. I accept that. However, I think it is useful for him to have sparked off the conversation and to have prompted a Government response on this. The Deputy will not be surprised to hear…

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Dáil Contribution on LGBTI+ Equality

Dáil Contribution on LGBTI+ Equality

Full Transcript: I start this contribution by saying that I fully agree with the points raised by Deputy Ó Ríordáin on the need to tackle this issue within our schools and in respect of employment equality. I have known teaching colleagues during my career who have not felt that that they could be open about…

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Well-being Indicator for Language and Culture

Well-being Indicator for Language and Culture

Full Transcript:Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh: The second report on Ireland’s well-being framework was published at the beginning of this month. It mirrors very closely the OECD Better Life Index, which is excellent in many respects but largely silent on questions of language and culture. Does the Minister see a role for a specific dimension within…

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Statements on Further Education

Statements on Further Education

A document on well-being measures is progressing through the Cabinet. It is based closely on the OECD Better Life Index. One of the factors measured is education. One of the other things measured in the OECD framework is the idea of different forms of capital and of human capital being one of them. Investing in…

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Report on Urban Regeneration

Report on Urban Regeneration

Full Transcript: I thank Deputy Duffy for agreeing to share time with me. I will start with a nod to Waterford because it is mentioned throughout the report. The report is excellent and should be important if its recommendations are implemented. I hope it will become important. Waterford is rightly mentioned in that it has…

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Statements on Just Transition

Statements on Just Transition

Full Transcript: I am glad to have the opportunity to contribute to this debate. It is a conversation we will need to rehearse over and again in the coming years and decades. A just transition has at its core the principle of solidarity so that, as we make changes to our economy and society in…

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National Parks and Wildlife Service: New Strategic Action Plan

National Parks and Wildlife Service: New Strategic Action Plan

Full transcript: I am apt to quoting song lyrics in this house. Today, an obvious one leaps out as a good fit, which is Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”. It goes, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.” We cannot continue to make these lyrics true.…

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Dáil Contribution on Statements on Agriculture

Dáil Contribution on Statements on Agriculture

Full Transcript I recently said there is a phrase that should be written on the wall of every office in this Oireachtas. It reads: “Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a livable future.” This was said by Hans-Otto Pörtner, one of the Intergovernmental Panel…

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Construction Technology Centre

Construction Technology Centre

Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is working with Enterprise Ireland to establish a construction technology centre this year to bring together research, expertise and industry to look at innovation in the built environment. The urgency of this cannot be overstated. We very much need to move towards sustainable materials…

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Community Engagement for Renewable Energy Projects

Community Engagement for Renewable Energy Projects

Full Transcript: The question relates to an issue affecting the constituencies of the Minister and the Ministers of State, Deputy Matthews’s constituency in Wicklow, as well as Wexford, my own constituency of Waterford and around the coast into Cork. I am referring to the large-scale development of offshore wind. What steps will the Minister take…

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Carbon Budgets

Carbon Budgets

Full Transcript will be available at: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/debate/dail/2022-04-06/11/ I ran my first marathon in 2009, many years and indeed many kilos ago. That may not seem in any way germane to the issue being discussed. But I learned an important lesson that day about what happens when human excuses meet immutable, external realities. I had bargained…

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€339,755 funding for 5 key heritage projects in Waterford.

€339,755 funding for 5 key heritage projects in Waterford.

Waterford Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh has today welcomed €339,755 funding for 5 key heritage projects in Waterford. The funding announced today by Minister Malcolm Noonan has been allocated to Waterford City & County Council under the Historic Structures Fund which is administered by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. It is…

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Dáil Contribution on Overseas Development Aid in light of Global Food Shortages

Dáil Contribution on Overseas Development Aid in light of Global Food Shortages

Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine with regard to the resultant and expected global food shortages and the impact on Ireland’s overseas development aid; and if he will make a statement on the matter Transcript Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh The Minister referred to…

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The planned response for meeting the educational needs of children coming to Ireland from Ukraine

The planned response for meeting the educational needs of children coming to Ireland from Ukraine

My Dáil Contribution regarding the need for a planned response for meeting the education needs of children coming to Ireland from Ukraine. Transcript Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh If the Leas-Cheann Comhairle and Minister of State remain lawyers despite their current occupation, then I remain a primary school teacher, and I am very much proud to…

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Report on the Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community

Report on the Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community

Transcript of my Dáil Contribution on the Report on the Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community I very much welcome the opportunity to discuss the report. It is particularly timely and fitting that it is discussed in the week we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the declaration of Traveller ethnicity. It was extremely important, symbolically…

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Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Agus mé ag ullmhú do mo chuid cainte tráthnóna inniu, d’fhéach mé siar ar an óráid a rinne mé an bhliain seo caite ar an ábhar céanna. Dá mbeinn leisciúil agus mé ag ullmhú, d’fhéadfainn an óráid sin a phriontáil amach chun í a úsáid arís. Go deimhin, creideann na Glasaigh san athchúrsáil agus b’fhéidir…

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Aontas Máistrí Poist na hÉireann

Aontas Máistrí Poist na hÉireann

Ba mhaith liom aird an Taoisigh a tharraingt ar an bhfeachtas atá á reáchtáil ag Aontas Máistrí Poist na hÉireann, nó the Irish Postmasters’ Union. Bhuail mé le hionadaithe an cheardchumainn i bPort Láirge an tseachtain seo agus cé gur luaigh siad na fadhbanna atá acu, luaigh siad freisin na réitithe ar na fadhbanna sin.…

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Town Centres First Policy

Town Centres First Policy

Before I begin to talk about the town centre first policy, I wish to acknowledge the members of the Ukrainian community that are outside the gates today. Trying to relate the personal stories of the people at the gates to the large scale of the war on Europe is unthinkable. It does not touch on…

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Social Justice Ireland’s new report Measuring Success: Sustainable Progress Index 2022

Social Justice Ireland’s new report Measuring Success: Sustainable Progress Index 2022

This is a welcome chance to discuss an important and substantial piece of work that issues every year from Social Justice Ireland, which tracks our attainment in terms of the sustainable progress index or sustainable development goals over of the year. I raised this issue this time last year and submitted a similar Topical Issue.…

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Establishment of Citizens’ Assemblies

Establishment of Citizens’ Assemblies

Transcript: I acknowledge the contribution of Deputy Gino Kenny. He has a strong record of campaigning in this regard, which deserves to be acknowledged. There are elements in this Government who will push this forward. It matters to us too. I respect his record on this issue in particular. This matters to the Green Party.…

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The Trolley Problem, Autonomous Cars and the Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021

The Trolley Problem, Autonomous Cars and the Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021

Two seemingly innocuous sections in the Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021, which passed Second Stage late last year, are likely to have outsized impact on our roads and on the cars and drivers using them into the future. While they are an instance of the law trying to keep pace or catch up with…

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Commission on Taxation and Welfare

Commission on Taxation and Welfare

Establishing a Commission on Taxation and Welfare was one of the little heralded but very important commitments set out in the Programme for Government. Ireland has what is, on the whole, quite a progressive and redistributive system, but there are issues that should be examined – for instance, are we over-reliant on Corporate Tax revenues,…

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The Gorgias, American Carnage and Cambridge Analytica: Populist Messaging and Irish Political Discourse

The Gorgias, American Carnage and Cambridge Analytica: Populist Messaging and Irish Political Discourse

It’s been a long while since I read any Plato, and over 20 years since I read his Dialogues and much water has passed under many bridges since then. But despite the passing of time and the enormous change in context, particularly the technological context, listening to Melvin Bragg’s ever informative In Our Time podcast…

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Dungarvan is to receive almost €1.4m under the Government’s Rural Regeneration Fund

Dungarvan is to receive almost €1.4m under the Government’s Rural Regeneration Fund

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, has welcomed this morning’s announcement that Dungarvan is to receive almost €1.4m under the Government’s Rural Regeneration Fund. The project, to develop a Digital Transformation Hub, providing 90 co-working spaces and an incubation, innovation and commercialisation hub, was one of 27 landmark regeneration projects selected under funding…

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Greenway Funding

Greenway Funding

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, welcomes significant national funding to create and extend Greenways in Ireland. Two-thirds of a billion euro have been allocated to Local Authorities to advance the delivery and connection of Greenways in 2022, along with key National Road Projects. This will see connectivity between counties and will open…

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Dáil Contribution on COVID-19

Dáil Contribution on COVID-19

I join other Deputies in extending my best Christmas wishes to people. Across society, we are exhausted. We have learned more about the Greek alphabet than any of us cared to learn and the sooner we forget it the better. People in the healthcare system are exhausted, as are those in the education system. I will stick…

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Town Centre Planning for Portlaw

Town Centre Planning for Portlaw

I spoke in the Dáil with regard to the Town Centre First approach. The town centre first approach is writ large across the programme for Government. It has since been put at the heart of the Our Rural Future document and Housing for All. Our towns and villages offer a serious quality of life proposition,…

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250 New Jobs for Waterford City

250 New Jobs for Waterford City

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh welcomes a jobs boost for Waterford with the announcement by Infosys BPM of an expansion which will see 250 new jobs brought to the city. The new centre in Waterford will provide voice support, customer service and technical support operations for large global enterprises. The new roles…

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Funding for Waterford Outdoor Recreation Projects

Funding for Waterford Outdoor Recreation Projects

Green Party TD for Waterford Marc Ó Cathasaigh TD today welcomes the announcement of €562,141 funding for Waterford projects under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme which was announced today by Minister Heather Humphries in partnership with Fáilte Ireland . The scheme which is operated by the Department of Rural and Community Development will see €15.5…

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Funding for ChillOUT

Funding for ChillOUT

Green Party TD for Waterford welcomes almost €40,000 funding for Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service ChillOUT-Reach programme which will work on building LGBTI+ inclusion in rural communities. The funding (€39,797 ) which was announced by Roderic O’Gorman TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth will be used by the organisation to…

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100 New Tech Jobs for Waterford.

100 New Tech Jobs for Waterford.

Great news for Waterford this morning with the announcement of 100 new tech jobs over the next two years. The jobs were announced by Tegus, a provider of primary business and market intelligence who are setting up their European Headquarters in Waterford. They will open their initial base in Boxworks. With Waterford being voted ‘Best place…

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Dáil Contribution: Farrelly Commission of Investigation Substantive Interim Reports

Dáil Contribution: Farrelly Commission of Investigation Substantive Interim Reports

I am grateful to have the opportunity to speak on this second substantive interim report of the Farrelly commission of investigation. I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, as well for her opening statement. These reports make for extremely difficult reading. They are long, detailed and harrowing in the extreme. Amid all this information,…

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West Waterford Water Supply

West Waterford Water Supply

Green Party TD welcomes significant improvements in water supply in west Waterford. Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh welcomes the announcement of a significant upgrade to the Ardmore water mains which will support the economic and social development of the area and provide a clean and reliable water supply to residents, visitors and…

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Climate Action Plan launched today.

Climate Action Plan launched today.

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh says that “We must take this opportunity to live up to the expectations of our young people”, as the Climate Action Plan is launched today. Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh says that “We must take this opportunity to live up to the expectations of…

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Sports Capital Programme

Sports Capital Programme

Sports Capital Programme November 30, 2020 As we look forward to Waterford’s place in the upcoming Hurling All Ireland Final, sport is on the mind of everyone in the county! 2020 has been a year like no other for sport in Ireland but I’m happy to see that registration for the Sports Capital Programme opens…

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TUSE Waterford

TUSE Waterford

Since 2018, €56 million has been spent on Technical University projects throughout Ireland. Of that, the Technical University of the South East (TUSE) has only received €8.1 million, or 14% of the total budget. Much less than funds allocated to either Dublin, Cork or Galway, all of which are regions with existing universities. These figures…

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Wellbeing Indicators

Wellbeing Indicators

Wellbeing Indicators Dublin, November 17, 2020 My Green Party colleagues and I launched our Wellbeing Indicators Position Paper earlier today. We believe that GDP is not a way to measure the wellbeing and the quality of life of Irish Citizens; it’s time we looked to Wellbeing Indicators to measure the welfare of the Irish nation…

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Flu Vaccine 2020

Flu Vaccine 2020

Child Flu Vaccine Nov 12, 2020 I spoke in the Dáil this week about the Flu Vaccine programme 2020. Our GPs and Pharmacists have been extremely busy rolling out an unprecedent number of Adult Flu Vaccines and also the Children’s Flu Vaccine. Unfortunately it seems we won’t receive more Adult #FluVaccine due to global supply…

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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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New solar panel grants for businesses, public organisations, community groups

New solar panel grants for businesses, public organisations, community groups

Business, public organisations and community groups across Waterford stand to benefit from new government grants geared towards the installation of solar panels. This announcement signals the latest phase in the Government’s Micro-generation Support Scheme, expanding on the grants already available to domestic households. Green Party T.D. for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, has welcomed the announcement…

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Green Party TD for Waterford Welcomes New Fund to Refurbish Vacant properties, Increase Home Ownership and Revitalise Communities

Green Party TD for Waterford Welcomes New Fund to Refurbish Vacant properties, Increase Home Ownership and Revitalise Communities

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh today welcomed a new fund to refurbish vacant properties, increase home ownership and revitalise communities. Croí Cónaithe, the €50million fund which was launched today will support people bringing vacant and underused buildings in our towns and villages back into residential use. Tackling vacancy and combatting dereliction are…

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Education Committee: Special Needs Assistant qualification

Education Committee: Special Needs Assistant qualification

As a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, I contributed to the debate on the need for revised criteria for Special Needs Assistant (SNA) qualification. Full transcript will be available here for 21st June 2022 session: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/committees/33/education/