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Madigan, Josepha

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Heritage Bill 2016: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

I will address the comments one by one rather than read my speaking note, which I may come back to if there is a two-minute slot.

  For the information of Deputy Tóibín, it is no...More Button

I thank the Acting Chairman. Deputy Byrne is not here and I may come back to his comments.More Button

In response to Deputy Catherine Martin, flails are not fair game. The landowner is allowed only to deal with a hazard or a safety issue. We do not need to ban flails under the section 8 provisi...More Button

Large numbers of groups and interested parties campaign publicly and make submissions and representations to my Department. BirdWatch Ireland is only one of these stakeholders.More Button

The debate on this Bill has been long and extensive. It is difficult for people to distinguish the truth when misleading and exaggerated opinion is presented as fact. Let me give the Deputy som...More Button

There are further facts relating to managed burning. Fourteen per cent of this country is designated under the habitats and birds directives and burning in any designated area is an activity req...More Button

Another important fact is there are statutory regulations on burning. It is limited to the current year. It will also be done on a pilot basis.More Button

Deputy Catherine Martin mentioned words such as "slash". It might be more appropriate to highlight the Deputy's own party's political muscle in slashing the NPWS's budget by 75% at the first sig...More Button

Flails will not be allowed in August. The regulations will seek to address the issue in a practical way. BirdWatch Ireland is one of several voices in this debate.More Button

It is not in this House and I am not in a debate with it.More Button

I am not misinformed and stand by my comments. My experts are the leading experts in the country. Even in Irish, the Deputy is using the language of the red top. We need an even-handed level-hea...More Button

I am sorry to hear about the lady who lost her eye. As legislators in a democracy our job is to legislate in a balanced way for the entire citizenry. Our country dwellers are the architects and l...More Button

Deputy Eamon Ryan's amendment No. 27 would mean that a landowner dealing with an immediate hazard would have to await a local authority order or action and could not comply with their obligations...More Button

I thank Deputies Fitzmaurice and Michael Collins for their contributions. Farmers are the primary custodians of our landscape and biodiversity and I spent a lot of time talking to my colleague D...More Button

I refer to Deputies Bríd Smith and Burton's contributions. This Bill also applies to urban hedgerows. The funding of local authorities is a matter for the Department of Housing, Planning and Lo...More Button

I thank Deputies Danny Healy-Rae and Ó Cuív for the clarity they brought to some of the issues this Bill is seeking to address.More Button

Other than his final comments, Deputy Mattie McGrath's contribution reflects the complexity and interlinking of issues dealing with biodiversity in that the single issue of cutting the road facin...More Button

I acknowledge Deputy Ó Cuív's work on section 8 of the Bill.

  Rather than re-ventilating everything at this stage I believe it would be wise to put the question, under Standing ...More Button

Departmental Contracts

Was asked: the number of times her Department has engaged polling companies and or Irish market researchers to conduct research on its behalf in each of the past two years; the names of such companies; the co...More Button

I am advised that my Department has not engaged polling companies or market researchers during the period in question. More Button

Invasive Plant Species

Was asked: the measures being taken to manage and resolve the issue of Japanese knotweed in County Louth; her plans to introduce measures or grant schemes to assist landowners that have an infestation of Japa...More Button

My Department is responsible for the implementation of the Wildlife Acts and the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 477/2011), both of which prohibit the s...More Button