Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

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

Between May 2016 and October 2018 I served as Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. I had specific responsibility for the natural resources sector and inland fisheries with the addition of digital development in summer 2017.

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

Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Bill passes in Dáil

As Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources this week I led the bill to ban fracking through the final stages in the Dáil. The ‘Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum’ bill was introduced by Sligo-Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin and was amended and strengthened at Committee Stage where it was renamed the ‘Petroleum… Continue Reading