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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Oireachtas Committee

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# Climate Change
16-year-old tells minister Fine Gael is 'passing the buck' when it comes to climate action
Conal O’Boyle said government is trying to hide the fact that they still grant oil licenses while telling people to buy an electric car.
# Transparency
Oireachtas Committee writes to FAI to ask for reversal of media ban at crucial EGM
It was also revealed that the FAI rang the Committee Chair on Sunday, offering a private briefing.
# concerns
Quinn: 'If governance proposals aren't followed I'd be afraid of where Irish football goes next'
The former Ireland international went on to say that constructive talks had been held between his consortium and League of Ireland clubs.
# losing out
Schools are teaching 'difficult' children for fewer hours as an invisible way of suspending them
Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon said anecdotal evidence shows some children suffer disproportionately from “reduced timetables”.
# Reaction
'I had 92 caps for the country and today, for the first time in my life, I was truly embarrassed by my association'
Niall Quinn and Brian Kerr were disappointed in today’s Oireachtas Committee hearing involving the FAI.
# bridging loan
'The €100,000 issue': A timeline of statements as FAI, John Delaney to face politicians today
Here’s what the FAI has been saying over the past few weeks ahead of today’s Oireachtas hearing.
# John Treacy
'If you don't regulate the FAI, who does?': Sport Ireland faces questions over FAI and the €100k loan
Sport Ireland, which provides funding each year to the FAI, said it isn’t satisfied with what the FAI has said so far.
# take a stand
Student blasts politicians over climate change: 'You're stealing my future and you have absolutely no right'
Sumaya Mohammed, a 12-year-old student from Cork, was one of five students who had a hard-hitting message for politicians.
# Outlook
Central Bank says 35-45 year olds who bought homes in the boom will be most impacted if tracker rates rise
Despite Brexit, the Central Bank believes workers are in line for pay increases of up to 7% over the next two years.
# Family court
'It's in crisis': Law Society raises concerns over security issues in family courts system
Members of the Law Society’s family and child law committee are to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Justice this morning.
# National Children's Hospital
'Father Ted territory': Harris says he was unaware of the NCH cost implications before last year's Budget
Harris maintained his claim that he was not aware of the project’s rising costs until August 2018.
# dublin moderation
Politicians to return from holidays to grill Facebook execs on undercover Channel 4 report
An undercover Channel 4 Dispatches programme into moderation at the Dublin Headquarters revealed widespread failures.
# recycling
Minister says bin charges will rise by up to €1 per lift if bottle deposit scheme introduced
The Environment Committee voted to ensure the set up of a bottle deposit scheme is compulsory.
# john lawlor
Scouting Ireland CEO pulls out of appearance before government committee as fallout from rape allegation continues
It emerged last weekend that a scout leader accused of a sexual assault remains under investigation by gardaí and the DPP.
# Data
Facebook rolling out tool in Ireland to help combat fake abortion referendum advertisements
Two Facebook executives spoke before an Oireachtas committee this afternoon.
# scu shut down
Taoiseach says he uses his personal email for official business when his mobile phone goes dead
The Taoiseach was grilled about the unit’s controversial Ireland 2040 plan, the body’s expenditure, and the use of his personal email for official government business.
# Oireachtas Committee
Social media sites should find new ways to verify children's ages - report
Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram gave statements on their security to the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs.
# the eighth
GPs will be permitted to conscientiously object to providing abortion services, Harris says
The government has said it wants terminations to be a ‘GP-led’ service.
# Abortion Referendum
This is the advice that convinced the Cabinet to seek the 'repeal and replace' option
A summary of the Attorney General’s advice has been published.
# Oireachtas Report
New report says household charge should replace TV licence - 2 years after plan was shelved
Each household that has a device that can be used to view the public broadcaster’s content would be liable for the charge.
# Flight disruption
Aviation regulator found out about Ryanair's flight cancellations through social media
Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary was invited to the committee meeting today, but declined to attend.
# retransmission fees
'There can only be losers': Sky says it will drop RTE if broadcaster starts to charge pay TV operators
RTE is seeking a change in legislation that will allow it to charge operators for its channels.
# Mental Health
Mindfulness in schools and less focus on points: What politicians want for Irish schoolchildren
The Oireachtas Education Committee has made a number recommendations to improve the mental health of school children.
# why so much?
'Thrown to the wolves': There's no justification for 300% price hike in car insurance, says committee
An Oireachtas committee said Irish drivers must get detailed breakdown of why their car insurance costs so much.
# ava
'I've seen this work': Mother takes fight for medical cannabis to Leinster House
A parent of a severe epilepsy sufferer said cannabidiol helped to greatly reduce her seizures.
# dail dress code
'Examining the dress code of other parliaments is ridiculous'
The dress attire of politicians in the Dáil was raised at a recent committee meeting.
# Gardai in crisis
'I didn't promote my bridesmaid... I didn't have one': Nóirín O'Sullivan faces tough questions
Mick Wallace and Clare Daly were frustrated by the Commissioner’s last of clarity in some of her answers.
# homeless crisis
"Mammy, why is the dog allowed in the garden and we are not?"
Fr Peter McVerry has spoken of the rules facing families in emergency accommodation at the Oireachtas Homeless Committee.
# No report at all?
The banking inquiry is in a real mess right now
The committee faces a crucial 24 hours in a bid to salvage its work.
# deafblind
As many as 17,000 people in Ireland could have this disability... but no one knows for sure
Activists say more accurate data is needed.
# Brexit
'Britain twice saved the world from tyranny, we'll do what we want' - Tory MP
Gordon Brown reckons a Brexit would make the UK akin to the ‘North Korea of Europe’. So… would it?
# Industrial Abuse
'The abuse we suffered due to our skin colour is being airbrushed from Irish history'
Mixed Race Irish is asking for the Government to recognise the abuse they suffered in State-run institutions.
# leaky pipes
Water bills could be delayed as energy regulator looks at deadline
The Commission for Energy Regulation also stressed that call-out charges have not yet been finalised.
# Adoption
There are 14 times more Irish people looking to adopt than there are children available
However the Children’s Rights Alliance has warned that Ireland must not adopt from countries not inside The Hague recommendations.
# looking to 2050
"Little more than lipstick on a pig." Environment groups not happy with Ireland's climate change plan
The draft plans commit Ireland to a “low-carbon economy by 2050″ but Friends of the Earth say detailed targets are needed.
# lack of compassion
'Why did it take a Prime Time programme to highlight the problems at Portlaoise maternity unit?'
The chief medical officer was questioned on the deaths of babies at Portlaoise this morning.
# bugging claims
Oireachtas committee has “grave concerns” about issues raised by GSOC
GSOC chairman Simon O’Brien and other members of the Ombudsman faced questions from TDs and Senators over a report in the Sunday Times that the agency’s communications systems were bugged.
# Dáil Bar
Dáil bar is exempt from holding a licence and its operation will not change
In a letter to Gerry Adams TD, the Oireachtas Joint sub-Committee on Administration said that the bar ‘operates on the basis of parliamentary privilege’.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the former CRC chief be compelled to appear at an Oireachtas hearing?
A TD is seeking extra powers for the Public Accounts Committee to compel the outgoing chief to appear before it.
# Eirgrid
Committee will be asked to reject appointment of John O'Connor as Eirgrid chairman
After government TDs and Senators declined to support O’Connor yesterday they will now be asked to formally reject his appointment next week.