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Joint Committee on Public Petitions to resume consideration of petition to ban herbicides in public areas

25 May 2022, 16.30

The Joint Committee on Public Petitions will meet tomorrow, Thursday, 26 May, to resume consideration of a petition seeking to ban herbicides in public areas.

The meeting at 1.30pm in Committee Room 4 of Leinster House will hear from officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine regarding Public Petition Number P00008/22 on behalf of Mr James Walsh and others. The Committee will also consider other petitions.

Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Martin Browne said: “This petition is seeking to ban the use of herbicides from all public areas and is also seeking a non-toxic method of maintaining grass and plant growth. The Committee looks forward to discussing this petition with the officials from the Department, which is the Competent Authority in Ireland with responsibility for the authorisation of plant protection products, including herbicides.

“We will also consider a number of other petitions, including one seeking to ‘Revise Employment Conditions for Stamp 3 Residence Permit Holders’, along with calls to ‘raise the Upper Age Limit in the Defence Forces’, and to ‘add chefs to the critical skills list now to save Irish Hospitality’.”

The Joint Committee on Public Petitions is a standing Committee of the Houses of the Oireachtas and has 11 Members, seven from the Dáil and four from the Seanad.

The meeting in the Committee Room 4 can be viewed live on Oireachtas TV.

Committee proceedings can also be viewed on the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App, available for Apple and Android devices.

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Fianna Fáil

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