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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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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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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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Post-EU Council Statements

Post-EU Council Statements

I will pick up on a point that Deputy Paul Murphy raised and with which I agree. COP26 failed to agree a facility on loss and damage. It is the central issue of COP27, which is taking place in Africa geographically approximate to the terrible catastrophe playing out in the Horn of Africa. News has…

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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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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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