Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (48)

Barry Cowen

Question:

48. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if his Department will assist in the provision of compensation to the peat harvesting contractors; and if he will meet the industry, including the Just Transition Commissioner, to allow it make recommendations for a fair and equitable just transition that adequately compensates and offers financial incentives to provide alternatives for this industry. [2683/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

As Bord na Móna is a commercial State company, operating under the Turf Development Acts, I, as Minister, do not have a statutory function in relation to its commercial or operational matters.

Mr Kieran Mulvey was appointed as the Just Transition Commissioner on a non-statutory basis to facilitate discussions and work with stakeholders to develop, mobilise, and deliver opportunities for the Midlands for both those directly affected by the move away from peat harvesting and the wider community. As part of his role, the Commissioner has been asked to meet with those affected and to make recommendations on actions or measures that he believes could assist in the just transition.