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Stagg, Emmet

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 Nbr. 4

Sustainable Energy Bill, 2001 [ Seanad ] : Report Stage.

He told me about it before he left.More Button

I thank the Minister of State for making his officials available to Members on this side of this House, which I found very useful. In fact, I felt like a Minister again when the five officials arri...More Button

As somebody who lives on the edge of the Bog of Allen in my constituency, I welcome the idea of more efficient use of peat and the closure of the old plants which were giving rise to pollution and ...More Button

I compliment the Minister of State and the Department on finding a method of convincing the European Union that imported electricity would not be exempt from the PSO. It was critical to Ireland's i...More Button

This is State borrowing and the calculations are hidden from the Department of Finance, which I am not sure should be the case. We support the necessity for borrowing for infrastructure. Because th...More Button

That motion was passed unanimously.More Button

Deputy Bruton made a welcome intrusion into the debate. I respect the Deputy, but he is making an unsustainable argument which should be addressed in the House. I am sure the Minister of State will...More Button

Deputy Bruton suggests that we are building a new structure which will give rise to pollution. This facility will replace older structures which are far more polluting. The new structure will reduc...More Button

I accept that point, but this measure will reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions from energy production.More Button

No, this is a positive course of action. I am not here to defend the Government, but I have some knowledge of this issue. It is not like suggesting that two wrongs make a right. This proposal will ...More Button

There is a finite reserve of peat, but the same is the case with all fossil fuels. We have time dates on other fossil fuels, including natural methane gas, for which Deputy Bruton has a preference,...More Button

I reject Deputy Bruton's suggestion that this provision will involve double taxation. The Labour Party previously campaigned to end double taxation on water. As Taoiseach, the Deputy supported legi...More Button

I am sure the Deputy did not do so because the Labour Party pressed for the measure in Government.More Button

I would suggest to Deputy Bruton's colleagues in Laois and Offaly that the arguments he is making are unsustainable and extraordinary as they take no account of the reduction in greenhouse gas emis...More Button

Has Deputy Bruton applied to join the Green Party?More Button

I think it is 25 years.More Button

Sustainable Energy Bill, 2001 [ Seanad ] : Report Stage (Resumed).

They will outlive even Deputy John Bruton at that rate.More Button

I move amendment No. 2:More Button

In page 3, line 13, after “Energy” to insert “Ireland”.More Button

I move amendment No. 6:More Button

In page 4, between lines 6 and 7, to insert the following:More Button

“5.–The Freedom of Information Act 1997 shall apply to the Authority.”.More Button

Having seen amendment No. 38, I am happy to withdraw my amendment No. 6. I thank the Minister of State. In all the legislation we have dealt with in five years this is the first time the Minister o...More Button

I move amendment No. 8:More Button

In page 4, between lines 10 and 11, to insert the following:More Button

“(a) to provide a working definition of sustainable energy and to update the definition on a regular basis having regard to developments in available technology;”.More Button

We discussed this amendment in detail on Committee Stage. If my memory serves me correctly, the Minister of State indicated he would consider it before Report Stage.More Button

I rise briefly to support the points made by Deputies Ulick Burke and Deenihan. It never ceases to amaze me how the Department of Public Enterprise has policies adopted by the Government which the ...More Button

It should be said that a modern wind turbine is quite a beautiful structure. The idea of it raising its arms to the heavens to extract energy without doing any damage whatever is such a good idea t...More Button

I strongly support the point made by other Deputies that the Minister of State should try to get his policies across to local authority planners in the same way as the Department of the Environment...More Button

I move amendment No. 10:More Button

In page 4, between lines 19 and 20, to insert the following:More Button

“(e) to propose legislative and fiscal measures to achieve the objectives stipulated in the foregoing subparagraphs of this subsection;More Button

(f) to prepare and publish annual reports on the relative performance of the State and each of the other member states of the European Union relating to sustainable energy objectives;”.More Button

We debated this issue at some length on Committee Stage and got a strong reaction against my proposal from the Minister. He appeared to think I was proposing to set up a new Dáil at the ener...More Button

On a point of clarification, I intend to withdraw my amendment No. 10, which is too strong for the Minister of State to accept, but I support amendments Nos. 14 and 16.More Button

That is true.More Button

It could carry out benchmarking – that is the in thing.More Button

On a point of order, dismantling all aspects of the EURATOM Treaty would bring about a saving as we would no longer be contributing to it.More Button

Perhaps he was misinformed as there would be a saving.More Button

We contribute €500,000 to the treaty every year.More Button

I support the amendment and am hopeful the Minister will have a positive reply.More Button

I do not support this amendment. We are discussing a non commercial board for which we will have to seek out people to serve on it. If they are informed they will be obliged to appear before an Oir...More Button

I regularly find myself agreeing with Deputy Enright. I agree with him now also, but what he is saying is not contained in the amendment. Deputy Stanton's amendment advocates the compulsory grillin...More Button

They would be required under the Deputy's amendment.More Button

Written Answers. - Continental Shelf.

Asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources: the steps the Government has taken to advance the objective of seeking an extension of the continental shelf; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Foreshore Development.

Asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources: the details of the settlement in relation to the land area at Tom Roe's Point Deep Sea Dock; if his Department settled the matter without consultations with individual companies and the Drogheda Po...More Button

Written Answers. - Alternative Energy Projects.

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: if she has had discussions, representations, correspondence or meetings with companies (details supplied) or agents or lobbyists acting on their behalf since taking office; if so, the nature of the...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Communications.

Asked the Minister for Public Enterprise: if she has had discussions, representations, correspondence or meetings with companies (details supplied) or agents or lobbyists acting on their behalf since taking office; if so, the nature of the...More Button