Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to

Martin, Catherine

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

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

In this section, the Government is determined to attack our hedgerows and the wealth of wildlife to which they are home. Our hedgerows act as linear forestry. They provide feeding for birds, inse...More Button

Amendment No. 26 proposes to delete section 8 in its entirety, removing the exemption from section 40 of the Wildlife Act for work carried out under section 70 of the Roads Act. This is a point ...More Button

The Minister made the point that in the context of hedge cutting under section 7(1), as a result of any ministerial regulations put forward, there would only be the cutting of a single year's growt...More Button

Does the Minister intend to introduce a ban on the use of the flail during the nesting season where cutting for road safety is necessary? Its basic design is such that it fires hedge debris back...More Button

When a local authority cuts hedges for safety purposes during the nesting season, there is invariably a flag man or two operating to ensure traffic safety while the work is under way. Does the M...More Button

I also wish to clarify statements made by the Minister yesterday. She referred to the work of Birdwatch Ireland, in the context of sections 7 and 8, as being both a flagrant distortion of the fa...More Button

The changes in this section and the previous one are the most significant roll back of the legal protections for wildlife in the history of the State. Now is the time when we should be increasin...More Button

I just happened to mention it.More Button

So the Minister should not accuse it of something.More Button

The Minister likes to talk about facts but BirdWatch Ireland is just one of the science-based conservation organisations which she has refused to meet or to consult on this Heritage Bill. The fact...More Button

Several Ministers and Deputies have said in the course of this debate that the burning season in Northern Ireland extends into April but that has done nothing to stop illegal and uncontrolled bur...More Button

For Deputies to ask us to depend on the birds to be wise enough not to nest in roadside hedges is beyond ludicrous. Other Deputies talked about protection of the human species and road safety, h...More Button

I will finish with another fact. All the organisations up and down this country which preserve our environment and wildlife have said that sections 7 and 8, as they stand, are a disaster for Iri...More Button

I move amendment No. 26:More Button

Electric Vehicles

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if the speed limits for electric bicycles will be increased from 25 to 30 km; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Road Projects Data

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the cost of the new intersection under construction on the M7 between junctions 9 and 10 outside Naas; if part of the cost is being met by developer contributions; and his views on whether the prov...More Button

Planning Data

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of planning permissions for housing that were extended for five years on the basis of section 42A(1)(ii) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (details supplied) in each of the years ...More Button

European Parliament Elections

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if there will be a review of European election constituency boundaries following the provision of two extra MEPs to Ireland; the timeline for the undertaking of the boundary review; and if he will ...More Button

Water Conservation

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of offences that have been prosecuted in the past five years by Irish Water for breaches of section 54(2) of the Water Services Act 2007 (details supplied); and if he will make a stateme...More Button