Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht Debate

First Page Previous Page Page of 15 Next Page Last Page

Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals

Acting Chairman (Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy): Information on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Zoom on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy The committee is today scrutinising the following EU proposals: Schedule A, COM (2013) 917, COM (2013) 919 and COM (2013) 920; and Schedule B, COM (2012) 44.
  COM (2013) 917 is a proposal for a Council decision on the acceptance of the amendment to the 1999 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution to abate acidification, eutrophication and ground level ozone. It is proposed that this proposal does not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed.
  COM (2013) 919 is a proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants. It is proposed that this proposal does not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed.
  COM (2013) 920 is a proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants and amending Directive 2003/35/EC. It is proposed that this proposal does not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed.
  COM (2012) 44 is a proposal for a Council decision on the submission by the European Union of an amendment of Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora to include the species Porbeagle (Lamna nasus). It is proposed that this proposal does not warrant further scrutiny. Is that agreed? Agreed.
  As today is Mr. Eoin Sheanon's last day working on behalf of the joint committee, I thank him for this work on EU policy matters over the past two years and wish him well in his new career. I propose that we suspend now for a few minutes to allow our first witnesses to take their seats, following which we will discuss the issue of canal by-laws with representatives of Waterways Ireland, the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland and the Heritage Boat Association. We will also discuss the matter of the Naomh Éanna with representatives of Waterways Ireland. Is that agreed? Agreed.

  Sitting suspended at 4.45 p.m. and resumed at 4.49 p.m.

Canal By-laws and Naomh Éanna: Discussion

Acting Chairman (Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy): Information on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Zoom on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy I welcome Ms Dawn Livingstone, chief executive, Mr. Nigel Russell, director of technical services, Mr. John McKeown, eastern regional manager, and Mr. Charles Lawn, inspector of navigation, Waterways Ireland; Mr. John Dolan, chairman, Offaly branch, Mr. Greg Whelan, former president, Ms Carmel Meegan, president, and Mr. Derry Smith, vice-president, Inland Waterways Association of Ireland; and Mr. Joe Treacy, chairman, and Mr. Andy Roche, vice-chairman, the Heritage Boat Association.
  Before we begin, I draw the attention of witnesses to the fact that by virtue of section 17(2)(l) of the Defamation Act 2009, they are protected by absolute privilege in respect of the evidence they are to give this committee.


Last Updated: 09/29/2014 12:05:47 PM First Page Previous Page Page of 15 Next Page Last Page