Obligations regarding reduction of emissions is not to the forefront of government policy. Ireland has little chance of reaching its 2020 target and there is no real commitment apart from lip service to address it.
To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the implications for the State’s emissions targets and broader obligations in regard to addressing climate change of potential expansion of energy intensive industry here, particularly if same is incentivised by government, as for example in plans to expand the number of data centres located here. – Clare Daly.
Despite numerous requests and consultations about the dangerous situation of damage to the dunes at Portrane there is still no action or plan to tackle the issue. Inaction by government and council may cost people their homes, they both need to step up and take some responsibility.
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he has taken to ensure that Fingal county council using available funds is acting to prevent further damage to dunes at Portrane, County Dublin.
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his strategy for preventing the destruction of homes at risk due to coastal erosion in particular in relation to coastal damage at Portrane, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly TD
I am very aware of the problems that coastal communities face in dealing with the erosion of soft coastline particularly given the severe weather events we have experienced in this country in recent years. I am aware from my recent visit to Donegal the issues associated with erosion of soft coastal defences. I can assure the Deputy that work is being carried out to address the problem at both a strategic level and through the local authorities responding to localised coastal erosion issues.