Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Category Archives: Minister of State for Natural Resources and Digital Development

All Ireland Smart Cities Forum

My address to the first All Ireland Smart Cities forum which took place in Croke Park Conference Centre on Wednesday, 13th September. “Good morning, I’m delighted to be here today. It gives me great pleasure to open, along with Dr. McCormick, the first All Ireland Smart Cities Forum. As Minister with responsibility for Digital Development,… Continue Reading

Over €410,000 allocated to support marine and fisheries development projects in Galway and Clare

On Friday I announced the successful projects receiving funding under the West Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) Programme. The funding of €411,099 will support 33 projects in coastal communities in Galway and Clare as well as on the Aran Islands and Inishbofin.  Bord Iascaigh Mhara administers the FLAG Programme (which is arranged on a regional… Continue Reading

Waste Reduction Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members]

I thank Deputies Brendan Howlin and Eamon Ryan for bringing forward the Bill. I note that it is current Young Fine Gael policy to introduce a small refundable levy, similar to the one proposed in the legislation. I am delighted to address the House on this important matter. I understand the importance of dealing with… Continue Reading

Speech at the Ocean Wealth Summit as part of SeaFest

Good afternoon, First of all, let me extend a warm welcome to Galway. I can’t think of a better location for a conference on showcasing the wealth of Irelands Oceans. For generations, Galway has been a gateway to the Atlantic Ocean, whether it be fishing, tourism, recreation or for providing transport to our islands. With… Continue Reading

Legislation to Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Passes all stages

On Wednesday I led the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)) Bill through final stages in the Seanad. The Bill has now passed all stages at the Oireachtas and will now be signed into law by President Higgins. I congratulate my colleague, Tony McLoughlin TD (Sligo Leitrim) for initiating this… Continue Reading