Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Update on Fracking Bill which is before the Dail this week

This week the Dáil will debate the Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016 which has been initiated by my party colleague, Deputy Tony McLaughlin (Sligo – Leitrim constituency) The issue of Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction is part of the wider mineral exploration and extraction that comes under the remit… Continue Reading

Turf-Cutting Compensation Scheme raised in Seanad

On Wednesday as Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs I responded to Senator Frank Feighan who raised the issue of the compensation scheme for people who previously cut turf on bogs now designated under environmental laws. Since the introduction of the compensation scheme €19.8 million has been… Continue Reading

Tellus survey activity concludes for 2016 in West of Ireland

  Tellus is the surveying programme of the Geological Survey Ireland – a Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). GSI is responsible for providing geological advice and information, and for the acquisition of data for this purpose. Geological Survey produces a range of products including maps, reports and databases and… Continue Reading