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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Eamon Ryan

Last month
January 2023
# electric vehicles
High-powered EV chargers to be installed every 60km along all main roads under new Govt plan
€100 million fund to provide chargers along the main road network.
# Department of the Environment
Generators of offshore wind to pay coastal communities 'up to €20 million per year'
Generators will be required to appoint a professional fund administrator, but decision making on the allocation funds is to remain within communities.
# oil supplies
Bill to strengthen State’s capacity to manage oil supplies to be brought before Cabinet
The Bill will move to put all aspects of oil emergency planning on a statutory footing.
Last year
2022
# Contactless
Contactless and phone payment trial on buses expected in early 2023, says Eamon Ryan
Ryan admitted that the bus service IT system has been “creaking” and that it needs to be replaced and modernised.
# Electricity prices
Gas and electricity to remain at 'historical high' for next two years, says Ryan
The Green Party leader said that it was due to international factors.
# Energy Crisis
Eamon Ryan hails EU agreement on natural gas price cap after months of wrangling
Ryan said that it was vital that Europe remains united against energy supply being used as a ‘weapon of war.’
# Cabinet Reshuffle
Govt leaders meeting tonight ahead of reshuffle and Taoiseach rotation tomorrow
It is expected that many Ministers will remain around the Cabinet table.
# Flights Cancelled
Eamon Ryan 'not asleep at the wheel' says Taoiseach as more flights cancelled due to weather
More flights are cancelled in and out of Dublin today as weather continues to disrupt travel.
# Housing
Coalition parties may clash over planning reforms as Green ministers flag concerns at Cabinet
Green Party members have raised concerns about restricting access to justice.
# energy costs
Long-awaited energy poverty plan published as Ryan warns prices may not drop for two years
The plan includes a €10 million Government hardship fund for vulnerable energy customers.
# Cabinet Reshuffle
Ahead of the return of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Coalition leaders to discuss reshuffle on Monday
The role of Taoiseach will rotate to Leo Varadkar next Saturday.
# Climate Change
Student climate strikers mark four years of weekly protests outside Dáil
Climate Minister Eamon Ryan described the weekly protests as “inspirational”.
# Climate
Government ‘on track’ to reach target of 950,000 electric vehicles, says Ryan
Ryan says the government will launch a new €100 million strategy next month that will see more charging stations installed.
# Green Party
Ryan sets target of 10% of electorate voting Green in 2024 elections
Ryan was delivering the keynote speech at the Green Party conference in Athlone.
# coalition woes
The Green Party convention takes place in Athlone - and it has a decision to make on housing
Housing will be the main issue of the next election – the Green Party should know this.
# toll charges
Eamon Ryan ‘reluctant’ to tackle toll increases if it takes funding from road maintenance
Toll prices on nine roads are to rise in line with inflation.
# Crunch time
Eamon Ryan made lead EU negotiator on crucial issue at COP27
The minister is representing the EU in talks on loss and damage supports, which he said will be “difficult” and “protracted”.
# Housing Crisis
Government to review private rental market as housing targets set to be exceeded
The review of the rental market is expected to be completed before Budget 2024.
# Energy Crisis
As winter approaches, not all energy bill 'hardship funds' are created equal
The Journal asked a number of energy companies if like Electric Ireland, they too had set up hardship funds for customers in need.
# Energy
1,000 disconnections in first half of this year as minister promises action plan in weeks
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says 450,000 PAYG customers are being abandoned by Government.
# energy costs
More financial supports for struggling householders may be announced soon, Ryan indicates
The financial aid is set to be part of the upcoming Energy Poverty Strategy Review.
# Electricity
Govt will not oppose SF motion on protections for PAYG customers and banning of disconnections
Minister Eamon Ryan is understood to be working on a new action plan.
# Pathfinder Programme
New 'ambitious' transport projects 'will be delivered at speed' within the next three years
Making College Green car-free is among the proposals.
# emergency power
Government formally submits application for second emergency power station in Dublin
The proposed Huntstown facility is expected to provide approximately 50 megawatts to the Irish grid.
The proposed Huntstown facility is expected to provide approximately 50 megawatts to the Irish grid.
EirGrid has predicted that Ireland will face electricity shortages over the next ten years.
Electricity demand is expected to rise, particularly with the increase in number of data centres in Ireland.
Bríd Smith: Expansion of data centres is not going to help our serious energy woes
EirGrid raises concern over 'significant' electricity supply issues
# GDPR
RSA says GDPR limited the level of road crash data it could publish, as questions raised in Dáil
The RSA says this is due to the fact that ‘the data must be treated as personal data in order to comply with GDPR demands’.
# budget 2023
Cabinet signs off on plan for three €200 energy credits
The credits are due to be paid in November, January and March.
# energy costs
Electric Ireland, SSE Airtricity and Bord Gáis price hikes kick in this weekend
Increases for Electric Ireland and SSE Airtricity customers comes into effect today.
# Metrolink
Planning application submitted for 'ambitious' Dublin Metrolink
While the ‘precise’ cost of the project is not yet known, the ‘central’ estimate is €9.5 billion.
# Windfall levy
EU agrees to windfall levy on energy companies which could generate €2 billion for Ireland
Speaking prior to the agreement, Enegery Minister Eamon RyanIreland can expect up to €2 billion from the deal.
# sun power
All schools to get funding for solar panels to fight rising cost of energy
The strategy is part of a climate focused shift in the school Summer Works Scheme.
# Leaders' Questions
Green Party leader accuses Sinn Féin of 'following Tory approach' with energy price cap plan
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty responded by saying that Minister Ryan is ‘in bed with the Irish Tories’.
# safe public transport
Taoiseach to engage with ministers on the issue of police on public transport
Micheál Martin says public transport must be safe and affordable.
# windfall tax
Government to consider EU’s windfall tax plans as part of budget
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is to set out detailed plans.
# Electricity
Customers to receive electricity credit before Christmas, says minister
Energy Minister Eamon Ryan said households will get another energy credit to help with their skyrocketing bills before Christmas.
Householders will receive an increased energy credit before the end of the year.
Cabinet has approved a renewed public advice campaign on energy consumption.
The EU has proposed to cap the huge revenues earned power companies.
# Energy
Using household appliances outside peak hours will help shore up energy security, says Ryan
The three coalition leaders met last night to discuss the rising cost in energy and supports needed.
# Energy Crisis
Use of street Christmas lights being considered by local councils amidst energy crisis, says Ryan
The energy minister said there’s no guarantees that power blackouts can be avoided this winter.
# back to college
Students that use private bus companies to have fares cut by 50%
The Young Adult Card and Student Leap Card fare initiative is being extended to the commercial bus sector.
# Budget supports
'Significant intervention is needed': Coalition leaders to meet to discuss rising energy costs
Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan will bring a memo to Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting setting out a series of options.
# Energy prices
Eamon Ryan warns that this winter will be a 'dramatic and difficult period in energy'
The first Cabinet meeting since the recess took place this morning.
# Energy Crisis
Risk of electricity blackouts in Ireland ‘slightly worse’ than last winter, committee hears
Eamon Ryan is appearing before the Committee this afternoon alongside Eirgrid and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities.