Green Party bill will make solar-powered schools a reality

Marking the longest day of the year, Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly will be introducing a bill to the Seanad on Monday 21st June, which will facilitate the rollout of solar-powered schools in the future. The bill will amend outdated Planning and Development Regulations to finally remove planning restrictions and…

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Traveller Accommodation Discussed at Oireachtas Committee

The Joint Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community today discussed the report “No End in Site – An investigation into the living conditions of children living on a local authority halting site” by the Ombudsman for Children and related matters.  The report focused on the living conditions at…

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Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly Seeks Debate on Breastfeeding Rates in Ireland.

Speaking in the Seanad yesterday Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly sought clarity from Minister Donnelly on the recent appointment to Safefood Ireland of an executive from an infant formula manufacturing company. O’Reilly raised her concern stating that “this is concerning because we have unprecedented commitments in our programme for Government…

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Green Party Bring in Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2021

With the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill the Government is ensuring that companies will need to address the pay gap between men and women.  In Ireland many low paid workers are women and can earn 14% less than men. Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly welcomed the Bill which was brought…

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Government must now prioritise investment in family life over cars

Senator Pauline O’Reilly has today called for Government to make a significant and meaningful shift in focus to prioritise investment in family life over cars. This is on the back of today’s (June 3rd) publication of the ‘Report on Reducing Emissions in the Transport Sector by 51% by 2030’ from…

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€17.3m package to help Ireland’s road network become more climate resilient

Galway is to receive €1.2m of a €17.3m climate adaptation investment programme for regional and local roads. Speaking about the investment programme announcement Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said that she “welcomes the investment in our local roads network.  Making our roads safer for users is paramount”  She went on…

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Why are Local Authorities Not Spending Funding Allocated?

Speaking in the Seanad today Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly raised the matter of local authorities failure to spend funds allocated to them by government. O’Reilly stated “I would like to see that we invest more in outdoor recreation facilities for young people - older young people.  I was in…

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Galway to Benefit from the Summer of Play initiative with €6m in funding for outdoor play

Galway to benefit from the €6million in funding for outdoor play as announced by Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., today. Speaking about the fund, Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said, “I am delighted that funding will be allocated for a ‘We-go-swing’ for Salthill Playground,…

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A Little Less Conversation a Little More Action!

Speaking in the Seanad today on the Affordable Housing Bill 2021 Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said that she welcomed the Bill as it includes all of the elements that NESC has been flagging such as “cost rental, beefing up the LDA so that it can really deliver for us,…

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Galway to receive €90,682 from the National Biodiversity Action Plan Local Authority Biodiversity Grant Scheme

Speaking today Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said that she “welcomes the investment for biodiversity projects at local level”.   She went on to say “putting biodiversity to the top of the agenda is key for us in government. Well done to all volunteers for the work you have continued to…

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