Heffernan, James

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015: Committee Stage

I support the amendment. We can have all the documents and legislation in the world, but we cannot achieve much if we are not serious about tackling climate change and enacting climate change legi...More Button

I cannot see any reason this amendment should not be accepted by the Minister of State. It seems reasonable that an advisory council being set up by the Government should be consulted. That is wh...More Button

The make-up and membership of the advisory council are the main flaws in this legislation. This flies in the face of what the Bill is trying to achieve. There will be an advisory council that bas...More Button

  My problem concerns the communities where known polluters operate, given that potentially they will receive licences in the future. They are being protected and the Bill will move towa...More Button

I am disappointed because I have seen how the EPA operates. It granted a licence to Aughinish Alumina, a known polluter in my area. People's livelihoods have been destroyed. I have seen evidence...More Button

  The Minister now plans to appoint somebody who was appointed from the incineration industry to the advisory body that is supposed to protect people from emissions. It does not stack up...More Button

  I have made the Minister of State aware of another potential issue coming down the tracks which the Department needs to take seriously. I refer to the proposed gasification unit in my ...More Button

  Progress reported; Committee to sit again.More Button

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