29. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will be attending the Bonn COP conference in November 2017; if he will be able to give a commitment that the State will meet its obligations under the Paris treaty; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41844/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Speaking of Ardnacrusha, that was a moment when the State made a radical decision which worked to build a hydro-electric energy station.
3 o’clockWill the Minister be attending the Bonn climate conference and will he have to admit there that on the critical question of climate change, the Government is failing to take the kind of radical action necessary to avoid massive fines for the State’s failure to meet emission targets, and to take seriously the move to transit...

1263. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the level and type of lobbying that the waste industry has carried out in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34968/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Waste Disposal)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 provides that the Standards in Public Office Commission, an independent body, is the Registrar of Lobbying. The Act is designed to provide information to the public about who is lobbying whom about what and provides for establishing and maintaining a register of persons who carry on lobbying activities and for a code of conduct relating to carrying on lobbying activities. Th...

1477. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the National Digital Research Centre, NDRC, whose budget is paid entirely from State funds, refused to support an initiative to assist the fledgling start-up ecosystem in Palestine citing NDRC’s purported politically neutral status in view of the fact that it has provided support and sponsorship to a programme of engagement with the start-up ecosystem of Israel (details supplied); his plans to influence the NDRC to co-operate in extending support to the Palestine start-up ecosystem or to cease support for the Israeli start-up ecosystem; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41592/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Middle East Issues)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Deputy Denis Naughten: The NDRC is a not-for-profit company which operates the National Digital Research Centre under a Concession Agreement with my Department. The matters referred to in the Deputy’s question are a day-to-day operational matter for the company and I, as Minister, have no role in this regard. I have, however, asked NDRC to correspond directly with the Deputy in the matter.
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